An innovative program for teachers – so they can help students better grasp the concept of entrepreneurship – is being piloted by the State Government.

During the three day workshop, primary and secondary teachers will discuss how to generate start-ups and test their feasibility with potential customers, partners and competitors.

Minister for Science and Information Economy Gail Gago said the program was designed to specifically help teachers so they can apply the concepts into the classroom – whether it is in maths, science, IT or art.

“Innovation is the engine of our economy and we must ensure that our young people have the necessary skills to succeed in the business world,” Ms Gago said.

“Learning through hands-on experience can develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, providing a solid foundation to develop an entrepreneurial spark.

“We are committed to developing a state that is renowned for its creativity, innovation and highly skilled workforce and this program is another step in delivering on that.

“This Government is very focussed on ensuring there is a very strong pathway between STEM education in schools, tertiary education and, of course, the workforce.”

Chief Scientist for South Australia Dr Leanna Read said applying entrepreneurial concepts into the education system would develop the next generation of problem solvers and innovators.

“Children by nature are curious and innovative,” Dr Read said.

Encouraging an entrepreneurship mindset provides them with the right skills for the future,” she said.

“If we apply an entrepreneurial culture into the school curriculum, particularly in maths and science, we can help students unleash their creativity and develop the jobs and industries of the future.”

The State Government, in conjunction with the New Venture Institute of Flinders University and the Australian Science and Mathematics School, is delivering the pilot program – called Venture Dorm – in April.