Enterprise has become a fashionable word. There is an implicit feeling that enterprising people ‘get things done’, are ‘movers and shakers’, have an independence of spirit and a distrust of authority, and somehow introduce new things into our lives. Consequently, the business entrepreneur, the archetypal enterprising person, has become a focus of interest in many nations as an instigator of social and economic change. The search is on for more and better ways of creating enterprising people and especially for developing entrepreneurs. The role of education and training is typically seen as very important, and it is possible to envisage three key ways in which the words ‘enterprise’ and ‘education’ can be linked:

education about enterprise;

education through enterprise; and

education for enterprise.