JA Company Program – Lower Secondary School

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

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 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 program 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

Goals of the program

The content of the JA Company Program takes into consideration the objectives of transversal competence in accordance with the 2016 national core curriculum for basic education. The program supports the interdisciplinary learning modules defined in the national core curriculum. The program is an excellent independent optional subject or a tool for the implementation of other optional subjects.

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.

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Learning objectives

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 a lower secondary 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

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Principal 

If this raised your interest, recruit a teacher in your school who would be interested in becoming the responsible teacher for the JA Company Program. We will train the teachers to implement the program and to use the study materials. All the teacher needs is enthusiasm, determination and an entrepreneurial attitude. The program is also suitable for strengthening collaborative teaching. 

The program offers opportunities to network with the school and external actors. 

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Teacher

If you are interested in becoming the responsible teacher for the JA Company Program, talk to your principal. The program is versatile and thus a tool that can be conveniently incorporated in the optional subjects in the lower secondary school. It also integrates with different subjects easily. Collaborative teaching enables the application of a variety of perspectives and the sharing and development of one’s own expertise. 

Contact us for our provision of free-of-charge training. We will help you get started and support you in the implementation of the program. 

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.

Veera Hakaste

Program Advisor, Middle and Upper Secondary Schools

Whole Finland Learning Programs

+358 50 355 9975

[email protected]

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