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10-Day Workplace Ready Program

26 October 2015

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The term intrapreneurship is a compound word that is derived from the words “entrepreneurship” and “intracorporate”. As its name implies, the concept describes employees who act as entrepreneurs while working within the framework of a corporation. One of the most common definitions for the intrapreneur as a person executing intrapreneurship stems from Gifford Pinchot, who has originally coined the concept.  Pinchot referred to intrapreneurs as “those who take hands-on responsibility for creating innovation of any kind, within a business” (Pinchot, 1984). In 1982 then, Norman Macrae accredited the conceptualization of the intrapreneur to Gifford in his article appearing in the April edition of The Economist. In 1985, Pinchot revisited the topic of intrapreneurship with his milestone book Intrapreneuring. The topic received additional awareness due to Steve Jobs article in the Newsweek, in which stated the following: “The Macintosh team was what is commonly known as intrapreneurship… a group of people going, in essence, back to the garage, but in a large company” (Jobs, 1985). Better than any generic definition, the Intrapreneur’s Ten Commandments formulated by Pinchot in 2011 get to the point of the concept’s true essence.

Between Monday 3rd and Friday 14th August 2015  Broadgate Initiatives AIPGlobal’s education division iLEARN in conjunction with Jobnisit, conducted an innovative 10-Day Workplace Ready Program which combines skill based workshops and internships, essentially training students on how to become intrapreneurs.  The program is a precursor to AIPGlobal’s Employee Accelerator™ which is due to launch in October 2015.

The next 10-Day Workplace Ready Program will launch in December 2015.