The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) has called for broader enterprise education to be introduced and encouraged throughout the education system from primary to third level.
The association claims International evidence suggests that a practical approach to business subjects and an exposure to entrepreneurship from an early stage will lead to an increase in graduates and school-leavers establishing start-ups.
The ISME also claim an enterprise mindset is also required for positions within the public service to ensure a world-class service.
According to ISME, CEO, Mark Fielding, "We must promote a national spirit and culture of entrepreneurship, which is essential if we are to facilitate a strong pipeline of future business start-ups coupled with a world class public service."
He added, "Students need to prepare for a 'portfolio career', most of which will be within the SME sector. The Association would encourage students to work in the SME sector, where they will have greater scope to use their talents and gain a wider range of experiences than that available within larger organisations."