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.


JA Inspires

Entrepreneurship
Employability
Financial Literacy

Whether in person or virtually, JA volunteers have an important story to tell students of all ages. In this 40–60-minute workshop, students hear from business volunteers about their career and educational paths. Interacting with volunteers allows students to gain insights into roles/ careers and helps them to realise that skills they are acquiring at school are transferable to the workplace.  Material is provided in advance to assist students in preparing for a Q& A. In the event that there is a preference, speakers are available under the four main themes: Employability, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and STEAM.

  • 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

Futurewize

Futurewize is a 5 week STEM programme which links the strands of the junior cycle science curriculum: Earth and Space, Chemical World, Physical World and Biological World, to varied careers and fields of study in STEM. With hands-on activities students work with science, technology, engineering and maths and uncover the future possibilities within
STEM
Employability

  • Strand: Earth and space
    - Students develop a sense of the structure of the universe and some organising principles of astronomy; students explore relationships between many kinds of astronomical objects and evidence for the history of the universe.
  • Strand: Physical world
    - Students research sustainability issues that arise from modern physics and technologies, and our generation and consumption of electricity.
  • Strand: Chemical world
    - Students learn to communicate their understandings using representations, and the symbols and conventions of chemistry.
  • Strand: Biological world
    - Students explore body systems and how they interact, and learn about human health.

Economics for Success

The Economics for Success programme introduces students to work and career readiness concepts along with financial literacy to help plan their future. Students will develop workreadiness skills through the lens of their own interests, skills, and values. Through interactive sessions, students will start career planning, develop a personal brand and understand the importance of budgeting for their future. This programme is delivered in partnership with Accenture.

Statement of Learning (SOL) 14:

  • The student makes informed financial decisions and develops good consumer skills.

o Students will manage their financial resources, understanding the benefits to shop wisely and ethically, while evaluating financial risks.

  • Personal Finance focuses on students developing a set of skills, knowledge and values that allows them to make informed decisions to effectively and responsibly manage their financial resources. #

o Managing My Resources : Throughout the programme, students will explore all aspects within this strand. Students will review personal resources; understand wants and needs; identify sources of income and expenditure; and create a personal budget.

SOL: Makes informed financial decisions and develops good consumer skills
Strand 2: Responsible Family Living: Students explore lifeskills including decisin-making and financial literacy through career setting and budgeting.
Element 3L Sustainable and Responsible Living: Developing students’ self-efficacy, critical reflection and discernment in the choice and use of resources in the home; in technological change; in environmental issues and the impact of these onresource management in the home and in personal consumption for everyday living.

Strand 1.3: Self-management:
Identify short, medium and long-term personal goals and ways they might be achieved.
Apply decision-making skills in a variety of situations.

Number Strand 2:
solve money-related problems.


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.