JA Company Programme

AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Since its launch in 1919, the JA Company Programme offers students aged 15-18 the opportunity to learn how to move a business idea from concept to reality. Students to form their own real enterprise and discover first-hand how a company functions. They elect a board of directors from amongst their peers, raise share capital, and market and finance a product or service of their own choice. At the end of the programme they present a report and accounts to their shareholders. The year-long programme involves teachers and business volunteers. JA provides teachers with a series of learning-by-doing business, economics and entrepreneurship activities, a great way to help students succeed in a global economy. Business volunteers visit the classrooms to share their experience and mentor students, offering them a better overview of career opportunities, entrepreneurship and the necessary skills required to match their ambitions.

By challenging the students to solve a problem in their community through a business venture, the JA Company Programme unleashes their entrepreneurial spirit. Students experience running their own company, they discover first-hand how a company functions and gain an insight into how their talents could be used to set up a business.

A CERTIFICATION

Throughout the JA Company experience, students have the opportunity to assess their skills, knowledge and attitude and take a final exam to certify them.
The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass is a unique international certification of skills and experiences. This micro-credential has been specifically designed for the JA Company Programme. It combines a competence-based assessment (pre and post) for students to reflect on their own progress with a final examination validating and certifying their theoretical and factual knowledge about business issues and concepts.

#JA100

This year marks the 100 years anniversary of the JA Company programme at Worldwide level.
Learn more: http://www.jaeurope.org/ja100

JA100

JA Europe Company programme in Europe 2017/2018

SKILLS FOR LIFE

Students learn to:
• Raise real finance by selling shares
• Open and use their own company bank account
• Carry out market research
• Work together to create their business plan
• Develop their own product or service
• Market and promote their product or service
• Trade with the public
• Manage the company finances
• Take part in trade fairs
• Compete with other schools in ‘company of the year’ competitions.
• Learning outcomes

Students can develop enterprising skills, attitudes and behaviours, including:
• Creative thinking and problem solving
• Communication and presentation skills
• Confidence and a can-do attitude
• Teamwork and leadership
• Negotiation and decision making
• Setting goals and time management
• Risk management
• Curricular or thematic relevance