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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 the Twid learning platform, for example. 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 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

Content in the e-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

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

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.

Teacher

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.

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

Teachers Materials

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.

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.

Teacher Trainings

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 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 has a registration fee of 25 euros per student. 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 students registered into the system. If a student 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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