Enterprise education (EE) is typically associated with the business school purpose, as the notion of enterprise implies business skills, but EE goes much further than preparing individuals for business; it involves creativity, initiative, and problem solving, which is the bread and butter of engineering. This chapter illustrates how Engineering students learn to solve problems both through complex interactions, learning by doing, and a creative mindset that co-creates EE. Specifically, this work examines how placements and traditional degree programmes can work together to develop highly skilled, creative and imaginative individuals beyond the classroom.
Using a case study of a post-graduate construction course as a collaborative delivery between the UK and France, students were interviewed to investigate their learning and value their experience. The results indicate a strong learning outcome from interaction between theory, practice, academics and industry, when designed around Work Based Learning.