JA Finland’s 10th anniversary

2.11.2012 2012

JA Finland has been coaching future employees now for over a decade. Wouldn’t you join us in our work with students?

This October, it has been ten years since JA Finland was founded.

During the years, schools, businesses, and students have become more and more interested in our learn by doing methods.

“Entrepreneurship education and encouraging students is a current theme, and we try to have an effect on it by concrete acts. I’m glad that through relentless work we have been able to bridge the gap between schools and working life,” said JA Finland’s executive director Virpi Utriainen.

During the last year, JA Finland reached over 20,000 students, teachers and business representatives. The amount of participants grew by nearly one third from the previous year.

Businesses meet future employees through volunteering

In the future JA Finland will invest even more in having businesses participate in our programs. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 1,256 business volunteers participated in JA activities. According to Utriainen, working with students is a chance that is definitely worth taking.

“The future employees are in schools right now. This is why we want to have both educational institutions and businesses think about one question: Who does the work in the 2020s and with what kinds of skills?” Utriainen said.

Be inspired by JA-YE students’ stories!

JA Finland encourages students to engage in their chosen careers. Here are only a few examples of students, who have found inspiration from JA programs.

Jyri Lindén, 26. Founder of Nordic Business Forum, the biggest business seminar in the Nordic countries. With his team invited, among other, Al Gore and Richard Branson to participate as seminar guests. Participate in JA-YE Start-Up Programme in 2001-2002.

Tiina Jaatinen, 27. Founder and CEO of Hooked Design. Participated with this company in JA-YE Start-Up Programme in 2009-2010. Their interior design products have been noticed throughout the world, e.g. in Financial Times.

Emma-Stina Vehmanen, 20. Vice president of Suomen Lukiolaisten Liitto. Her responsibilities in this 50,000-member organization are marketing, business relations and training over a thousand students a year. Participated in JA-YE Company Programme in 2007-2008.

Kalle Ulff, 17. Founder and CEO from 2007 of advertising agency Middag Creative. Their clients include Robert’s Coffee, Viking Line and Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Also founded Young Business Magazine. Participated in JA-YE Company Programme in 2010-2011.

JA Finland provides programs in entrepreneurship and consumer education for students aged 7 to 25. JA-YE Path of Entrepreneurship Education consists of 10 programs. It provides practical methods for developing students’ entrepreneurial attitude, readiness for working life, and skills in financial management in accordance with established curricula. JA Finland is a non-profit organization, and a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Activity in Finland began in 1995, when the Company Programme began to be coordinated by Svenska Högskolan. JA Finland was founded in 2002.

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