JA Company Program – Higher Education 

Exploring entrepreneurship The JA Company Program is a learning program that combines theory and practice. Its objectives are learning and developing ...

Exploring entrepreneurship

The JA Company Program is a learning program that combines theory and practice. Its objectives are learning and developing entrepreneurial skills and an entrepreneurial attitude. 

The program offers a turnkey solution for higher education teachers to teach entrepreneurship. The program also provides an opportunity to participate in competitions and events that support learning and to access a teacher network. 

For the student, the programme is a fun and practical tool for learning entrepreneurship and workplace skills. During the program, students will, individually or in a group, establish a JA company using real money, in accordance with their own interests and skills. If they want, students can also participate in national competitions and events. 

The JA Company Program is available for lower secondary schools, upper secondary educational institutions and higher education institutions. 

To whom

For lower secondary schools, upper secondary educational institutions and higher education institutions

Duration

Semester, academic year, calendar year or 12 months

To support the teacher

Ready-made learning material and support for implementation

Learning objectives 

Personal skills 

These are general workplace skills, such as interaction, negotiation, project management and teamwork skills. 

Innovation skills 

The development of innovation skills is a process ranging from discovering one’s own idea and assessing the operating environment to productising and piloting the idea. 

Business skills 

Business skills include the basic skills needed in business operations, such as marketing, basics of accounting, management and project management. 

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Learning objectives

The Ministry of Education and Culture Entrepreneurship for Education – Guidelines in Finland (2017) names the JA Company Program as one of the methods to implement entrepreneurship education on the upper secondary level in accordance with the new curricula.

The learner recognises the requirements of entrepreneurship and is able to assess their own strengths and areas for development

The learner understands the basics of business operations and is able to assess and develop the company's operations

The learner develops their entrepreneurship skills, including sales skills, teamwork, problem-solving, communication and public speaking

The student builds cooperation networks that promote the business operations

The learner is able to plan the company's business operations

The learner is able to draw up a business model and a business plan to support their idea and is able to develop them during the operations

The learner is able to use tools related to planning the business operations and to draw up the documents required for establishing a company

The learner identifies and assesses their own activities as a member of a team

What does ordering the JA Company Program offer? 

The program offers a turnkey solution for an upper secondary vocational school teacher to teach entrepreneurship.

Ready-made materials and exercises

A national network of teachers

An online learning environment

Program themes

Learning modules

The program consists of 16 learning modules.

Welcome to the JA Company Program

Module 1

Introduction to entrepreneurship

Module 2

Know-how and skills

Module 3

Teams and teamwork

Module 4

A responsible company

Module 5

From an idea to a business idea

Module 6

From an idea to a business concept

Module 7

Starting a JA company

Module 8

Business environment

Module 9

Planning your finances

Moduule 10

Marketing

Module 11

Sales and customer service

Module 12

Financial reporting

Module 13

Taxation

Module 14

“Uskalla Yrittää”

Module 15

Winding up the JA company

Module 16

Program implementation

If this raised your interest, we will train the teachers to implement the program and to use the study materials. In other words, they do not need to have prior experience in the subject. 

The program is an excellent route for working in a network in one’s own operating environment, or even to market one’s educational institution. Student companies are covered extensively in the national media every year. 

Teacher, talk to your supervisor if you want to be the teacher responsible for the JA Company Program. Contact us and participate in our free-of-charge training. We will help you get started and support you in the implementation of the program. 

See the education material

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still have some questions?

Don’t worry, just send us a message! We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Mari Laakso-Suutari

Project Coordinator

Whole Finland Learning Programs

+358 40 749 8552

mari.[email protected]

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