n South African Journal of Higher Education - Entrepreneurial intentions of students at Further Education and Training colleges in South Africa




The relevance of entrepreneurship is underscored in the public policy domain where a wide range of government policies support the development of entrepreneurship, with Further Education and Training (FET) colleges seen as critical role-players. Research has shown that entrepreneurship education increases students' self-confidence and overall attitudes, which in turn increases their perceptions of feasibility and desirability of pursuing entrepreneurship as a career. Recognising that the challenge for FET colleges is to ensure that graduates are also equipped for self-employment, this study investigated the entrepreneurial intentions (EIs) of final year FET college students in four provinces. Statistical analysis revealed high levels of EIs amongst differing groups irrespective of personal (gender) or contextual attributes (in urban vs. rural vs. metro-township FET colleges). Implications can be advanced to the policy domain where it needs to be stressed that government initiatives will affect entrepreneurship development only if these policies are perceived in a way that influences individuals' EIs, in particular their conviction, as characterised by general attitudes towards entrepreneurship.


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