The JA Company Program connects the theoretical information included in the curriculum for upper secondary education with practice through genuine situations. The program offers versatile opportunities for expanding working life skills, developing an entrepreneurial attitude, gaining a wide-ranging understanding of entrepreneurship, and for creating cross-curricular study modules.
In the program, the participants establish, alone or as part of a group, a JA company that operates using real money.
The program provides vocational education teachers a turnkey solution for entrepreneurship education. The program includes competitions, a national teacher network, and a learning platform, for example. The program is free for schools but requires registration.
Program and all of its material are available in Finnish, English and Swedish.
The contents of the program take into consideration the general learning objectives for vocational education. The program provides an excellent tool for completing the Planning business operations and Operating within a company vocational units. The students learn by actually working as a member of their own company.
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 the upper secondary level in accordance with the new curriculums.
Learning Outcomes of the Program
- The student recognizes the requirements of entrepreneurship and is able to evaluate their own strengths and areas that require development
- The student develops their entrepreneurship skills, which include sales, teamwork, problem solution, communication, and public speaking, among others
- The student builds cooperation networks that can further their business operations
- The student recognizes and evaluates their operation within the company as part of a team
- The student is able to plan the business operation of the company
- The student is able to use tools related to the planning of business operations and to draw up the documents related to establishing a company
- The student can create a business model and plan to support their idea, as well as develop them during the operation
- The student understands the basic principles of business and develops the operation of the company
Person in charge of education
If you are interested in the program, find a teacher at your school who would like to implement the JA Company Program. We will train the teachers to use the program and the provided learning materials. Thus, specific experience of the subject matter is not required.
The program provides an excellent tool for working with networks in your operational environment or even for marketing your school. Each year, the companies run by students are widely acknowledged in national media.
If you would like to become an instructing teacher for the JA Company Program, discuss the matter with your supervisor. 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.
In the JA Company Program, the participating JA companies may have varying operating durations: The options include semester, school year, calendar 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. See the schedules HERE.
The program includes high-quality electronic materials for the teacher and the students. Teachers also receive a monthly newsletter that includes tips and instructions.
A pedagogical handbook based on Innovation Pedagogy has been created for teachers.
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.
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
- Schedule & Goals
- Business Idea 1
- Business Idea 2
- Name & logo
- Starting a JA company
- 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.
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.
- 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
How does the program connect with different vocational units?
The program can be utilized as a tool for various vocational units. The program has been used for both electives and common units. The JA companies operate in a wide-ranging manner, covering several different subject areas. The teacher can specify the areas of focus for the JA companies through their own actions.
Can the educational institution enter into a training agreement with a JA company?
A training agreement workplace must meet the requirements provided by the Finnish Vocational Education and Training Act (532/2017) for acting as a workplace for training provided at a workplace. Unfortunately, we cannot give a more detailed answer to your question. The act does not take a position on forms of business, and thus the JA companies are considered under the same requirements as other workplaces (section 72). If the requirements are met, it is possible to enter into a training agreement.
Under the law, the workplace must have a sufficient amount of production and service operations, the necessary tools, and personnel that is qualified in terms of professional competence, training, and experience. In addition, there must be a person who is qualified in terms of professional competence, training or experience, who is designated as the workplace instructor in charge.
The training provider will assess the conditions. The learning environment of the training provider will not be regarded as a workplace, even if similar work tasks were performed there. Additionally, a teacher of an educational institution acting as an instructor will not be considered part of the personnel of the workplace. It should also be noted that where a training provider determines what constitutes sufficient production and service operations, the definition will apply equally to all students.
Riikka Vacker (opetusneuvos, Finnish National Agency for Education). April 4, 2018.
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 is free for schools but requires registration.
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).