Launched in 1919, the JA Company Programme is the flagship programme of JA and it is implemented successfully worldwide. More information here.
Company Programme impact on alumni:
- More likely to start their own business. The Study “Experiences from participating in JA-YE Company Programme” revealed that Company Programme alumni demonstrate start-up rates which are three times as high (15%) than among the average population in Europe (5%-6%).
- Alumni companies tend to be more successful. In a study conducted by Kingston University Business School, “50 Year of Young Enterprise” the key findings around Company Programme alumni-run companies showed that they tend to have a higher turnover, employ more people, are more innovative and diverse.
- Developed employability skills and attitudes and are more successful in their careers. In a study conducted by BCG (Boston Consulting Group), “Making an Impact”, JA alumni cited JA participation as a significant source of impact on their ability to get a job, performance success at work, and personal network.
- Better future earnings. In Canada, the average income for JA alumni is 50% higher than non-alumni (Making an Impact, BCG study Assessing Junior Achievement of Canada’s Value Creation)
The Company Programme can be centered on a specific topic/industry:
- Social Entrepreneurship: Social Enterprise 360 project, developed through a strategic partnership between organizations from 8 countries and co-funded by the European Commission through Erasmus+, is based on a comprehensive educational approach of social entrepreneurship, combining learning outcomes with assessment, formal methods with informal activities implemented in-school and out-of-school, participants engagement at local and international level, interaction within activities developed for teachers and mentors. Read more here.
- STEM focus: Skills for the Future – JA Europe is partnering with Hyundai Motor Europe to promote greater understanding and awareness among young people about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, entrepreneurship and skills for their future employability. During the 3-year initiative, 10,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 18, in 15 European countries will have the opportunity to try their hand at enterprise, learn valuable STEM skills and apply their knowledge in new ways. With support from their teachers, they will be exposed to a variety of learning-by-doing approaches and work with Hyundai business volunteers from all over Europe. Over 400 employees from the business community will volunteer. Read more here.
The programme is also developed further, aiming to create cross-border international partnerships and mutual benefits for students around the world, as part of their JA experience through Enterprise without Borders.