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JA Programmes

Every young person can achieve success in today’s global economy. JA’s hands-on, experiential programs pave the way. Our enterprising alumni are more employable, start more businesses, see longer and better business results and earn higher salaries than non-JA students. What makes this success possible? Our focus on three core areas of business education.

  • Work Readiness

     work readiness

    JA creates skill-building opportunities that enable young people to find meaningful, productive careers.

  • Entrepreneurship


    JA designs experiences that spark the entrepreneurial spirit and teach the practical day-to-day skills required to run a viable, long-term business.

  • Financial Literacy

    JA provides practical training in budgeting, spending, investing, and the responsible use of credit.

JA Programmes:

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    Check out the full range of JA programmes globally at the JA Worldwide website:

  • Company Programme

    Since its launch in 1919, the Company Programme has been teaching students how to take a business idea from concept to reality. They 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.

  • Start Up Programme

    The Start Up Programme gives post-secondary students (aged 19 to 30) the opportunity to experience running their own company, giving them an insight into how their talents could be used to set up in business for themselves. The Start Up Programme students gain real experience of the world of business: coming up with a concept for a business, creating and researching a business plan, taking responsibility and being accountable to their shareholders for the running of the company.

  • Our Community

    The Our Community programme is a fun and interactive series of 5 lessons presented by a business volunteer in school to a whole class. Pupils aged 8-10 are led through a discovery of how people and businesses operate within a community. They assess the needs and wants of communities and set about taking responsibility for a community they have designed through voting in a decision-making activity.

  • Europe and Me

    Europe and Me is an interactive classroom programme for students aged 10 to 12 which explores the relationship between the natural, human, and capital resources found in different countries and explores European businesses that produce goods and services for consumers. Using hands-on activities students are guided through their learning by volunteers from the business world.

  • JA It’s My Business!

    JA It’s My Business!® helps students aged 13 to 15 learn about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship while providing a strong focus on social studies, reading, and writing skills. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills that support positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their career aspirations.

  • Economics for Success

    Economics for Success explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests, and values. It also demonstrates the economic benefits of staying in school. Through a series of six interactive lessons, presented by a business volunteer, students aged 13 to 15 gain an understanding of their role in the society and the economy as consumers, employees, taxpayers, investors and borrowers. Using this knowledge, the students will then be able to apply their knowledge of personal finance to comprehend their needs and wants and make strong financial management decisions regardless of income.

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