JA Company 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.


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.


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


JA Europe Company programme in Europe 2017/2018


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