What’s the point of algebra? Why the big deal about punctuality? And who’s going to give me a job anyway – I don’t have any stand-out-from-the-crowd talent? Secondary school programmes are structured, hands-on and activity based, focusing on enterprise, communication and interview skills as well as financial literacy. These programmes take the mystery out of negotiating the path from school to a career that suits each student’s individual strengths. Our business volunteers choose the programme they would like to teach, the area they would like to teach it in and the time of year they would like to do this in. 2.5hrs training in all aspects of their chosen programme means our business volunteers are totally comfortable with classroom management, teaching techniques and each module of their programme. And of course, the teacher will be present in the classroom at all times lending additional support.
Secondary Programmes vary from five to six weeks. As a business volunteer you visit the classroom once a week for five to six weeks and teach a structured programme.
Futurewize (12 – 14 Years)
In partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and Fidelity Investments, this 5 week STEM programme 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 journey through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and uncover the future possibilities within.
Smart Futures (12 – 14 Years)
Help your students to open their eyes to the vast choice of exciting career paths and opportunities in the STEM sector. A Junior Achievement Ireland volunteer will share their career story in this workshop which broadens the reach of the Science Foundation Ireland Smart Futures initiative.
More Than Money (12 - 13 Years)
JA More Than Money reinforces the economics, business and social studise curriculum for students of sixth class primary and first year secondary school. The programme also provides a strong focus on mathematics, reading and writing skills. Students are encouraged to use a new way of thinking as they learn money management skills and explore their career aspirations. For more information on the HSBC More Than Money programme click the links below: http://www.hsbcusa.com/corporateresponsibility http://www.ja.org/involved/involved_contrib_key_hsbc_archive.shtml
Economics of Staying in School (12–14 Years)
The Economics of Staying in School explains the economic benefits of an education.
This programme runs for 40 minutes weekly for six weeks. Choices have trade-offs. Choices have consequences. We teach students informed choices about their future-education, careers, budgets, and other personal economic decisions.
Finance Your Future (15–18 Years)
Designed for 13-16 year olds, volunteers may well learn something as well.
This programme runs for 40 minutes weekly for six weeks. Finance Your Future covers real-to-life topics like balancing your own personal budget, learning about credit cards, interest rates etc., as well as how the markets work in the form of stocks and shares. Issues as the correlation between level of education attained and earning potential are included in the design of the modules in order to reinforce the value of education and staying in school.
Success Skills (15–18 Years)
JA Success Skills develops students’ interpersonal effectiveness and problem-solving strategies necessary for the workplace.
This programme runs for 40 minutes weekly for six weeks. Building rapport. Influencing others. Teamwork. These are critical interpersonal skills. Students undergo individual interpersonal skills assessment, and benchmarks are set. They then practice and develop these skills as JA classroom volunteers demonstrate their relevance to school, to work, and to life.
JA Enterprise in Action (15–18 Years)
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 social entrepreneurship in today’s economy and society. Students work with tangible examples of entrepreneurship such as product ideation and venture creation to enable students to practice skills and acquire knowledge.