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 vocational education and training 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.
Goals of the program
The contents of the program take into consideration the learning objectives of the core curriculum for vocational education and training. For example, the program is an excellent tool for completing the degree sections of planning the entrepreneurial activities and operating in a company. Students will learn by carrying out actual tasks in their own company.
In the program, the theoretical knowledge of the vocational education and training curriculum is connected to practice through authentic situations. The program offers diverse opportunities to deepen one’s workplace skills, develop an entrepreneurial attitude, understand entrepreneurship in a comprehensive manner, and for cross-curricular learning.
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
Person responsible for the training
If this raised your interest, find a teacher in your school who would be interested in implementing the JA Company Program. 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.
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.