Second Level Programmes

Junior Achievement Ireland recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers from business to facilitate in-classroom programmes covering themes such as employability, financial literacy, STEM subjects and entrepreneurship. JA programmes are designed to complement the formal curriculum - these touchpoints are summarised in this document.


JAI Inspires

Whether in person or virtually, JA volunteers have an important story to tell students of all ages. Through this once-off 40-60 minute workshop, students will learn from CEOs, entrepreneurs and experts about their career and educational paths. They will inspire students to see themselves in similar careers and to realise that many of the skills they acquire at school are transferrable to the workplace. The workshop is split under the 4 main themes of JA: Employability, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and STEM.

Entrepreneurship
Employability
Financial Literacy
Financial Literacy

  • Develop scientific literacy for students so that they are confident and competent when faced with science in their everyday lives.
  • Aims to enable them to appreciate the skills and knowledge of science.

  • Provides students with a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in business, marketing, law, enterprise and management.

  • Help the students to develop an awareness of their personal strengths and interests in relation to the world of work
  • Distinguish different types of work and employment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what people gain from working

Finance Your Future

Finance Your Future has been developed with the generous support of MetLife Foundation. The programme explores earning potential, balancing personal budgets, future planning, risk and insurance. By practicing these skills, students come to realise the importance and impact of their education on their future.
Financial Literacy
Employability
  • Examine some of the real and immediate issues involved in living independently.
  • Acquire knowledge of the various ways of organising managing one’s own finances and expenditure.
  • Develop skills of budgeting, saving and borrowing.
  • Understanding Insurance
  • In a problem-solving environment it is recognised that there are three things learners need to do: make sense of the problem, make sense of the mathematics they can learn and use when doing the problem, arrive at a correct solution to the problem.
  • To give students a general picture and an understanding of economic activities, patterns and principles.
  • To develop in students the capacity to apply these principles and to help them transfer this knowledge to new situations, and to achieve critical thought.
  • To develop in all our students an interest in everyday economics and to aid them in their education for citizenship.
  • To develop an understanding of the structures, institutions, processes and management of business.
  • To enable students to make informed business decisions.
  • To enable students to use established commercial principles and knowledge, to critically evaluate commercial information, and to offer solutions to given commercial problems.
  • To promote a positive awareness of cultural and social diversity in international business.
  • To enable students to understand and appreciate ethics in business.

Career Success

In partnership with Accenture, JA’s employability programme integrates the Accenture Skills to Succeed Academy (S2S), a digital platform for use by senior cycle second level students. Effective Communication, Teamwork, Personal Brand, and Interview Skills are the focus of the programme. Students practice and develop these skills as the JA business volunteer demonstrates their relevance to school, to work, and to life.
Financial Literacy
Employability
  • Enables Leaving Certificate Applied students develop and apply good communication skills.
  • Provides opportunities for students to learn and practise skills in interpersonal communication
  • Aims to develop important workplace skills such as planning, communication and teamwork
  • Help the students to develop an awareness of their personal strengths and interests in relation to the world of work
  • The student will be able to prepare properly for an interview; participate in a mock interview for a particular job
  • To develop an understanding of the structures, institutions, processes and management of business.
  • To enable students to make informed business decisions.
  • To enable students to use established commercial principles and knowledge, to critically evaluate commercial information, and to offer solutions to given commercial problems.
  • To promote a positive awareness of cultural and social diversity in international business.
  • To enable students to understand and appreciate ethics in business.

  • To give students a general picture and an understanding of economic activities, patterns and principles.
  • To develop in students the capacity to apply these principles and to help them transfer this knowledge to new situations, and to achieve critical thought.
  • To develop in all our students an interest in everyday economics and to aid them in their education for citizenship.

Enterprise in Action

Supported by Citi Foundation JA Enterprise in Action encourages students to examine the role of an entrepreneur in today’s society. Students will review entrepreneurship and acknowledge the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills for future roles, as well as the value of ‘intrapreneurship’ and ethics. Students work with tangible examples of entrepreneurship such as product ideation and venture creation.
Entrepreneurship
Employability

  • To develop an understanding of the structures, institutions, processes and management of business.
  • To enable students to make informed business decisions.
  • To enable students to use established commercial principles and knowledge, to critically evaluate commercial information, and to offer solutions to given commercial problems.
  • To promote a positive awareness of cultural and social diversity in international business.
  • To enable students to understand and appreciate ethics in business.

  • To give students a general picture and an understanding of economic activities, patterns and principles.
  • To develop in students the capacity to apply these principles and to help them transfer this knowledge to new situations, and to achieve critical thought.
  • To develop in all our students an interest in everyday economics and to aid them in their education for citizenship.