Who We Are
Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) is a member of one of the world’s largest educational non-profits, helping prepare young people for their futures by delivering hands-on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, employability, financial literacy and the value of STEM.
Reaching more than 12 million young people each year, Junior Achievement (JA) is one of few organisations with the scale, experience, and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation.
JAI was established in Ireland in 1996 and since then has built up a strong demand from schools throughout the country and created successful partnerships with 180 leading organisations.
What We Do
JAI inspires and motivates young people to succeed in the changing world of work by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need.
We work directly with young people, schools and the business community to help build a successful and sustainable future for all young people and society at large.
We utilise the experience of those already in the workforce to help young people of all ages to fully understand the important role that education will play in shaping their futures. JA business volunteers – who act as role models from the working world - are recruited, trained, vetted, equipped and supported to deliver hands-on learning experiences in primary and second level schools.
Through our entrepreneurship, employability, financial literacy and STEM programmes we aim to encourage young people to stay in school and help them realise their potential in order to empower a generation to learn, to work and to live.
The Value of STEM
WHY WE DO IT
PREPARING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK
How do we prepare young people for the world of work when we don’t even know how that world will look?
65% of children who started school in 2017 will be employed in jobs that do not exist today while the average Irish worker faced a 46% probability of having their role automated by the 2030s. While the future is uncertain, it is clear that in the future, our workers and enterprises will be operating in a changed economy.
JA entrepreneurship education programmes provide opportunities for young people to develop the ability to think positively, to identify opportunities to make things happen, to have the self-confidence to achieve their goals, and to use their talents to build a better society.
JAI volunteers encourage students to develop transversal skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem solving which help equip young people with essential skills to prepare them for the future work place and
to achieve success in their lives after they finish school.
THE ROLE MODEL EFFECT
WHO SUPPORTS US?
One of JAI’s core values is the belief in the power of partnership and collaboration. It is essential for business and education to work together to prepare young people for a changing world of work.
We work with companies, institutions, and foundations to bring the world of work into schools, responding to the needs of both schools and the economy, and empowering a new generation of workers,professionals, managers and entrepreneurs.
Thanks to our supporting organisations for investing in the future.