Work-based Learning Toolkit and Partnership Plans

Intrapreneurship Skills

Work-based learning programmes should incorporate training content on the following key skills/competencies that will progress age friendly innovation: –

Creativity

Creativity is the birthplace of business. Many agree that without creativity businesses quickly become irrelevant. [1]  At its core, creativity is the practice of connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated ideas. It is about pulling ideas and insight from all angles. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin, has made ABCD – Always Be Connecting the Dots -one of his company’s core values.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Albert Einstein

SMEs can benefit from on off the job work- based learning approach to creativity skills. For example, in order to come up with new ideas, an SME may need to venture outside of their comfort zone and try new ways of working. Many companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Apple have introduced the 80/20 concept – where employees spend 20% of their working day on creative pursuits. Creativity requires hard work and perseverance, and fast paced companies recognize the importance of innovation and actively encourage their employees to exercise their creative muscle. [2]

Curiosity

Highly creative and innovative individuals are always seeking answers to find out why the world is the way it is, rarely taking things for granted. Newton wanted to know why the apple fell from the tree, and spent sleepless nights and long hours researching, to come up with his theory of gravitational force.

Persuasion

Coming up with a great idea or concept is of no value unless the intrapreneur gets buy-in from the rest of the SME. Hence, the intrapreneur must be able to deliver a persuasive pitch — very similar to how a start-up gets investors. Work-based learning approaches should include influencing and persuasion skills, presentation, pitch development and delivery and communications skills.

Organisation

An intrapreneur is an entrepreneur turned inside out. The difference between an intrapreneur and entrepreneur is that an intrapreneur focuses on the operations of the company whereas an entrepreneur focuses on the vision and overall goals of the business. Work-based learning approaches should include skills development focused on productivity and problem solving.

Risk Takers

Intrapreneurs are risk takers who are not afraid to revolutionise the companies that they work for. They are willing to challenge and change everything in order to find the perfect solution. Intrapreneurs will take risks with the overall goal is to see the company thrive.  Intrapreneurs are not afraid to fail. Intrapreneurs know that failure is sometimes inevitable, and they are not easily discouraged. They will learn quickly from their mistakes, do better and keep on going forward.   Risk-taking is a behaviour, not a process.  You can learn to get better at it, hence work-based learning approaches should include model risk taking.

Passionate Leaders

Intrapreneurs are passionate about achieving success and business growth. It can help businesses to soar and become prosperous. As leaders, intrapreneurs become gems to the company that fuels the purpose of the business. They should be nurtured and given guidance while they ensure the smooth running of your business.  Work-based learning approaches should include leadership training.

[1] https://trainingmag.com/how-foster-curiosity-and-creativity-workplace/

[2] https://www.neuronation.com/science/improve-your-creativity

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