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The JA Company Program offers versatile opportunities for practicing working life skills, establishing an entrepreneurial attitude, and trying out entrepreneurship.

Within the program, the participants establish, alone or as part of a group, a JA company that operates using real money according to their interests and skills. The students are provided the opportunity to take part in national competitions and events.

The program provides teachers a turnkey solution for entrepreneurship education. The program includes a national teacher network and the Twid learning platform. The program has a registration fee, which is 25 euros per participating student. Program and all of its material are available in Finnish, English and Swedish.

The contents of the program take into consideration the requirements of the OPS 2016 curriculum (p. 20–34) regarding interdisciplinary learning modules. The program supports the interdisciplinary learning modules specified by the OPS. The program works excellently as an independent elective or as a tool used in the implementation of other elective subjects.

In the Ministry of Education and Culture’s enterprise education policies (2017), the JA Company Program was identified as a tool for implementing entrepreneurship education in upper comprehensive schools in accordance with the new curriculums.

Program Phases

Step 1
Introduction to entrepreneurship, skills, and business idea

The contents and modules for this phase

In the first phase, we learn about entrepreneurship and the skills you and your team have and identify business opportunities and think about business ideas.

The contents and modules for this phase:

  • Welcome to the Program
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Competence
  • Team
  • Finding a Business Idea
  • Modeling a Business Idea
  • + circular economy as extra
Step 2
Launching your company and refining your business idea

The contents and modules for this phase

In the second phase, we establish our JA companies and model their operation using a business plan. The plan is also used to consider marketing and financial matters.

The contents and modules for this phase:

  • Name and Logo
  • Starting a Business
  • Business Plan
  • Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Cost and Profitability Accounting
  • Budgeting & Bookkeeping
  • Risks and Safety
  • + Pitching and presenting as extra
Step 3
Monitoring, developing, and reporting your business operations

The contents and modules for this phase

In this phase, your JA company is already running, and we continue to develop it further.

The contents and modules for this phase:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Budgeting & Bookkeeping
  • Taxation
  • Sales and Customer Service
Step 4
Winding up your company, evaluations, and the future

The contents and modules for this phase

At the end of the program, we conduct a self-assessment of our competence and complete the theoretical exam for the JA Company Program. The operation of your JA company is wound down.

The contents and modules for this phase:

  • Conclusion of the Program
  • Other modules that have not been completed

Program Implementation

Principal

If you are interested in the program, recruit a teacher at your school who would like to act as the instructor for the JA Company Program. We will train the teachers to use the program and the provided learning materials. The only things required from the teachers are enthusiasm, courage, and an entrepreneurial attitude. The program is also suitable for reinforcing team teaching.

The program provides opportunities for networking with the school and external operators.

Teacher

Discuss the matter with your principal if you would be interested in taking on the role of instructing teacher for the program. Due to its versatile nature, the program makes a natural tool for use in elective subjects at upper comprehensive schools. It can also be easily combined with other subjects. Team teaching makes it possible to utilize different viewpoints and share and develop your own expertise.

Please contact us and take a look at our free training events. We can help you get started and will support you in implementing the program.

1

The school decides to implement the program and contacts JA Finland.

2

JA Finland contacts the school and provides instructions. The teacher can participate in free training.

3

The teacher creates their implementation on the Twid platform and invites the students. The program begins.

4

The JA companies are registered into the system. JA Finland invoices the school after registrations have been completed.

Schedule

In the JA Company Program, the participating JA companies may have varying operating durations: The options include semesterschool yearcalendar year and 12-month period. The program is always organized as part of the education provided by the educational establishment, and the JA companies may only operate when they have an instructing teacher.

Academic year 2019-2020

PÄIVÄ MITÄ
8.8.2019 Rekisteröintilomake aukeaa
1.12.2019 Rekisteröinnin DL
16.2.2020 Myyntiraportin DL
tammi - maaliskuu Uskalla Yrittää -semifinaalit (https://uskallayrittaa.fi)
13.3.2020 Kilpailuiden DL
22.-23.4.2020 Uskalla Yrittää -finaali Helsingissä
toukokuu Ohjelmatodistukset lähetetään kouluille
31.5.2020 Vuosikertomuksen DL

Calendar year 2020

PÄIVÄ MITÄ
1.11.2019 Rekisteröintilomake aukeaa
tammi - maaliskuu Uskalla Yrittää -semifinaalit (https://uskallayrittaa.fi/)
13.3.2020 Kilpailuiden DL
31.4.2020 Rekisteröinnin DL
22.-23.4.2020 Uskalla Yrittää -finaali Helsingissä
31.5.2020 Myyntiraportin DL
joulukuu Ohjelmatodistukset lähetetään kouluille
13.12.2020 Vuosikertomuksen DL

12 months as the operating period

If the program is implemented with a 12-month operating period, the operation can begin at any time. However, please note that the competitions and events are organized on a specific cycle and may only be participated in once during the operation.

Autumn semester 2019

PÄIVÄ MITÄ
8.8.2019 Rekisteröintilomake aukeaa
30.9.2019 Rekisteröinnin DL
joulukuu Ohjelmatodistukset lähetetään kouluille
15.12.2019 Vuosikertomuksen DL

Spring semester 2020

PÄIVÄ MITÄ
1.11.2019 Rekisteröintilomake aukeaa
16.2.2020 Rekisteröinnin DL
tammi - maaliskuu Uskalla Yrittää -semifinaalit (https://uskallayrittaa.fi/)
13.3.2020 Kilpailuiden DL
22.-23.4.2020 Uskalla Yrittää -finaali Helsingissä
toukokuu Ohjelmatodistukset lähetetään kouluille
31.5.2020 Vuosikertomuksen DL

Summer semester 2020

PÄIVÄ MITÄ
1.5.2020 Rekisteröintilomake aukeaa
14.6.2020 Rekisteröinnin DL
elokuu Ohjelmatodistukset lähetetään kouluille
31.8.2020 Vuosikertomuksen DL

Teacher's materials

The program includes high-quality materials for the teacher and the students. Teachers also receive a monthly newsletter that includes tips and instructions.

The teaching materials for the program can be found on the digital Twid platform. Teaching can be provided as contact instruction or partially as distance learning.

Contents of the online learning environment (Twid)

Mandatory modules of the program

  1. Welcome to the Program
  2. Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  3. Competence
  4. Team
  5. Finding a Business Idea
  6. Modeling a Business Idea
  7. Name and Logo
  8. Starting a Business
  9. Business Plan
  10. Marketing
  11. Digital Marketing
  12. Social Media Marketing
  13. Introduction to Finance
  14. Cost and Profitability Accounting
  15. Budgeting & Bookkeeping
  16. Taxation
  17. Risks and Safety
  18. Sales and Customer Service
  19. Conclusion of the Program

Extra modules

  • Pitching & Presenting
  • Circular economy

Ready-made teaching materials (PowerPoint presentations)

Ready-made teaching materials (PowerPoint presentations)

Presentations are available on this website after registration.

  • A program from the teacher’s perspective
  • Presentation of the program
  • An Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Competence
  • Schedule & Goals
  • Team
  • Business Idea 1
  • Business Idea 2
  • Name & logo
  • Innovation
  • Starting a JA company
  • Finance
  • Business plan
  • Pitching and presenting
  • Pitch deck

More Powerpoint presentations will be made during the school year and will be made directly available to teachers.

Training for teachers

We provide free training for teachers to use the program. The monthly training sessions are provided online. Typically, training takes place in Helsinki, but it can also be organized in other areas where necessary.

Training is available for teachers who use the JA Company Program or who are interested in the program. The duration of each training event is approximately 3–4 hours.

Training can be done in Finnish, English or Swedish.

Training topics:

  • Using the JA Company Program as part of teaching
    • Main components and methods of the JA Company Program
    • Using the Twid platform
  • Utilizing the JA camps
    • Minicamp and 24h camp
  • Circular economy and entrepreneurship game Circula

FAQ

How is the program connected to the interdisciplinary learning modules?

The JA Company Program supports the implementation of the interdisciplinary learning modules.

Independent thinking and learning to learn
The participants are encouraged to act independently and encouraged to trust themselves and their interpretations.

Cultural competence, interaction, and expression
The participants are instructed in different situations and environments and taught communication skills.

Taking care of oneself and managing daily life
The participants practice taking responsibility and are encouraged to make choices that are in line with a sustainable way of life now and in the future.

Multiliteracy
The participants are encouraged to utilize multiliteracy and media literacy as tools of persuasion.

ICT competence
The participants are encouraged to utilize information and communication technologies in their studies and working life.

Working life competence and entrepreneurship
The participants are provided experiences of working life and business operations, and the opportunity to practice project work.

Participation, involvement and building a sustainable future
The participants are instructed in the basics of financial management and their understanding of themselves as part of a larger community is reinforced.

How does the program connect with different subjects?

Visual arts
Objectives for teaching

  • To inspire the pupil to express their observations and ideas visually using various tools and methods for producing information in different environments

Mathematics
Objectives for teaching

  • To guide the pupil to observe and understand connections between the things they have learned
  • To encourage the pupil to also apply mathematics to other subjects as well as the society
  • To guide the pupil to develop their information management and analyzation skills and to advise them in viewing information in a critical manner
  • To guide the pupil to reinforce their skills of deduction and mental calculation and to encourage the pupil to use their numeracy in different situations

Guidance counselling
Objectives for teaching

  • To encourage and guide the pupils to develop their study skills as well as their skills of learning to learn
  • To create capacity for the pupil’s desire to learn, to assess their competence, to identify and utilize their skills and strengths, to develop their ability to identify their learning goals, as well as to provide the ability to change their plans and approaches where necessary
  • To guide the pupil to identify factors that influence their choices and to balance their own actions in accordance with their abilities, capacities, and interests
  • To help the pupil to understand the significance of their work for their own life and the society and to improve the pupil’s ability to identify the significance of the learned subjects for their future studies as well as the skills required in working life and seeking employment

Health education
Objectives for teaching

  • To guide the pupil in developing their capacity for emotional and communication skills and the ability to act in various conflict and crisis situations

Religion
Objectives for teaching

  • To encourage the pupil to interact with different people now and in the future during further studies, working life, and free time

Social studies
Objectives for teaching

  • To guide the pupil to improve and maintain their knowledge and skills regarding the society, the economy, and their personal finances, and to evaluate the role and importance of the media in a critical manner
  • To encourage the pupil to become a more enterprising and responsible financial operator who has knowledge of entrepreneurship and working life as well as the opportunities offered by them and who is able to plan their own future

Mother tongue and literature
Objectives for teaching

  • To encourage the pupil to expand their communicator image such that they learn to observe their communication, identify their strengths and areas that require development in different communication environments, including cross-media ones
  • To encourage the pupil to develop their ability to assess information acquired from various sources and to use it in an appropriate manner
  • To guide the pupil to further the streamlining of their writing and to reinforce their ability to use information and communication technologies to produce texts, to expand their understanding of writing as communication, and to reinforce their command of standard language by providing information on the conventions of written language

How are the evaluations conducted?

Some schools use a pass/fail grading system, while others issue grades.

The evaluation may be based on the work performed during the program and the participant’s activity within their company. The teacher will decide on the grading procedure.

In which languages is the program available?

At the moment, the JA Company Program and the related materials are available in Finnish, English and Swedish.

What does the program cost?

The program has a registration fee of 25 euros per pupil. JA Finland will send an invoice to the educational institution after the registration period has ended.

JA Finland will invoice the institution based on the number of pupils registered into the system. If a pupil is registered into the system, they will be subject to the fee. The fee is based on JA Finland acquiring insurance coverage for the program’s participants, among other things.

Who can teach the program? Does the teacher require extensive knowledge of entrepreneurship or business development?

In the program, the teacher’s role is to facilitate learning and act as a coach and mentor. The teacher does not have to be a specialist in the subject. Practically any teacher can implement the program as part of their teaching.

What is a JA Company?

  • The JA companies are not considered actual businesses, and thus do not have business IDs.
  • The JA companies are not registered with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH).
  • The operation of the JA company is not considered economic activity.
  • If the JA company sells products or services during the program, the generated income is considered personal income for the students.

The JA Company operates using real money. How are the JA companies taxed?

  • The JA companies are not taxable for VAT purposes if their turnover remains below 10,000 euros.
  • The JA company in itself does not pay taxes, and instead the revenue generated by the company is divided amongst the members of the company as the operation is wound down.
    • The divided revenue constitutes taxable income for the members, which must be reported on the personal tax return under other income.

JA Finland has acquired instructions for the JA companies from the Finnish Tax Administration. The Finnish Tax Administrations instructions regarding the taxation and operation of the JA companies can be found here (in Finnish).

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