JAI Impact

Since 1996 Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) has worked with school and business partners all over Ireland. In that time, more than 30,000 business volunteers have enabled more than 900,000 students to benefit from JA programmes and workshops.

JAI are committed to using the insights from students, teachers and business volunteers in understanding how we can secure the greatest impact for all young people.

Results from our extensive evaluations show that Junior Achievement (JA) programmes:

  • Help boost career ambitions
  • Develop transversal skills
  • Emphasise link between education and the working world
  • Lead to higher employability
  • Lead to improved entrepreneurial skills and attitudes
  • Enhance intentions to start a business

Our City (3rd class)

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57%
of student respondents think education is more important after the Our City programme
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73%
student respondents feel different about the world of work after the Our City programme
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81%
of student respondents could identify an entrepreneur

Energize (6th class)

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69%
able to name three ways in which you can save energy at school or at home
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90%
of student respondents find Science more interesting after the Energize programme
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81%
of student respondents more likely to continue to study Science after the Energize programme
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Enterprise in Action (4th-6th year)

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55%
of student respondents think their financial knowledge has increased since taking part in the programme
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80%

of student respondents have a better understanding of the common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs after the programme

Career Success (4th year – 6th year)

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99%
of students said the Career Success programme made them think about their future career and the world of work
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82%
of students have a better understanding of how to succeed in the world of work after the Career Success programme
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76%
of students had a stronger interest in finding a fulfilling job after they leave school after the Career Success programme
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Finance Your Future (4th year to 6th year)

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80%
of students have a better understanding of how important it is to manage their money after the Finance Your Future programme


Teacher Feedback

The support and feedback of our partner schools and teachers is instrumental in ensuring the educational impact of JA programmes. Surveys of more than 1,400 teachers over the past five years reported the following:
98%
said their students responded well to the opportunity to work with a business volunteer
94%
said the JAI experience enhanced the relevance of their students' in-classroom learning
83%
said the JAI experience increased their students' understanding of the value of staying in school
99%
would recommend a JA programme to colleagues

Volunteer Feedback

JAI volunteers are role models from the working world who donate their time and expertise to inspire the next generation. Surveys of more than 3,000 volunteers over the past five years reported the following:
97%
said their students responded well to the opportunity to work with a business volunteer
97%
would participate again in the future
99%
would recommend volunteering with JAI to colleagues

JA Worldwide Impact

JAI is part of JA Worldwide, 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.

There are a wealth of impact studies from around the JA network which highlight the impact of our programmes

View JA Worldwide Impact

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