Making European youth resilient and ready for the future
Therese Noorlander, Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola Europe & Salvatore Nigro, CEO, JA Europe
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, its impact grows across the globe. Thousands of businesses, of all sizes, are threatened and entire parts of the economy such as the tourism industry and the hospitality sectors are in jeopardy. In this challenging context, businesses and individuals’ resilience is being put to a test.
The JA Europe network and Coca-Cola in Europe and its bottling partners have teamed up over the past years to develop and implement entrepreneurship and employability education programs that contribute to helping the younger generation to build their resilience, adapt to the ongoing challenges and be better prepared for their future professional lives.
This is our shared mission: prepare young people for this journey of development, provide them with knowledge, attitudes and skills for life and improve their access to entrepreneurship.
Blended learning experiences boost girls’ entrepreneurial and digital skills
Milena Stoycheva, CEO of JA Bulgaria
Over the last 9 months, close to 600 girls aged between 12 and 18 have taken part in 20 workshops dedicated to digital and entrepreneurial skills. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and a consortium of Junior Achievement offices, composed of JA Bulgaria, JA Greece, JA Lithuania, JA Romania, JA Serbia and JA Europe, together with our partner Apps for Good, teamed up to deliver trainings to equip young girls with the entrepreneurial and digital skills essential for their future working lives and support the EU’s Digital Education Action Plan.
Steering young girls into scientific studies with a unique experience
Emma Kiraly, Project Manager, Entrepreneurial Skills Pass
On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, one can only notice that the gender gap between boys and girls completing studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is still wide: there are twice as many male graduates in STEM as there are female graduates (see this report from the European Commission from 2019).
Teachers and schools are the cornerstones of the JA education programmes
Sophie Norman, Head of Policy and Communications
Earlier last month, the outgoing European Commissioner for Education Tibor Navracsics convened the 2nd European Education Summit. Attended by 160 European teachers, more than 20 European education Ministers and about 700 education experts, this second edition was dedicated to the teaching profession.
The triple promise of entrepreneurship education
Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe
What can develop work skills, lead to job creation, and have a deep societal impact, in one effective package?
Knowing JA Europe and its mission, it will come to you as no surprise that entrepreneurship education is a powerful tool that can deliver at multiple levels, across a variety of areas.
As employers routinely highlight a significant skills gap, from social skills to digital skills, and youth unemployment continues to skyrocket in many European countries, we want to highlight the triple promise of entrepreneurship education.