Entrepreneurship Apprentices

Source: VentureBeat, May 2013

… New York-based Enstitute, a college alternative for dropouts and a few recent grads. …  demonstrating critical thinking, drive, and an aptitude for entrepreneurship.

The fellows are placed in a two-year apprenticeship –most end up at tech startups. They report to a chief executive, rotate around different departments, and learn deep technical and managerial skills they would not be exposed to at college.

Enstitute is one of many recent experiments designed to address the so-called technical skills gap. With most colleges failing to endow students with the skills to compete in the digital age, dropout rates are increasing. A recent study, “The American Dream 2.0,” found that 46 percent of college students fail to graduate with any credential within six years.

If employers are looking for something more concrete, each fellow develops a digital portfolio to show off their technical skills.


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