Ju­nior En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme now open

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

PRI­MARY schools across Co Wick­low are be­ing urged to sign their bud­ding young busi­ness brains up to the Ju­nior En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme, which was launched in re­cent days.

The pr Ju­nior En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme (JEP) en­cour­ages chil­dren in fifth and sixth class to learn about en­trepreneur­ship and launch their own busi­nesses which, in the past, have ranged from clocks and games to books and so­lu­tions for ev­ery­day prob­lems.

Run­ning over a 12- to 16-week pe­riod dur­ing the school year, JEP nur­tures cre­ativ­ity, in­de­pen­dence and prob­lem-solv­ing among pupils, with ev­ery as­pect of the pro­gramme blend­ing into the cur­ricu­lum. Lo­cal en­trepreneurs are in­vited to visit the JEP class­rooms and tell the story of their busi­ness.

Ev­ery child pro­duces a busi­ness idea and en­trepreneurs are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a Dragon’s Den-style ses­sion where they are helped with se­lect­ing one fi­nal idea for the class to pur­sue.

Jerry Ken­nelly, chair­man of JEP and founder of Tweak.com, which un­der­writes the JEP pro­gramme, said the JEP gives chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about busi­ness and the real world be­fore they have to de­cide what they will study in sec­ond level.

‘It gives chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing for them­selves, to in­vest their money and get back profit they’ve made them­selves. Along the way they learn the im­por­tance of en­trepreneurs in their com­mu­nity and find out what they’re good at,’ he said.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing classes will get a chance to show­case their class­room busi­ness at an All Ire­land Show­case Day in Dublin next May.

Fifth and sixth classes can sign up to JEP 2019 un­til Fri­day Septem­ber 28. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ju­nioren­trepreneur.ie.

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