Our Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) pack has arrived and the the children in 5th Class will start the Junior Entrepreneur Programme after Christmas.
The Junior Entrepreneur Programme was created to afford primary school children in Ireland the opportunity to embrace entrepreneurship as part of their formative education. Children will use their creativity to come up with individual business ideas. They will come together as a class to choose one “big idea” and then will work as a team to turn this idea into reality over a 12-16 week period. They will meet with a local entrepreneur to hear his/her story and to ask questions. The children will carry out market research to test and refine their project idea before moving on to the next step. Then they will identify their unique strengths and talents and will work out how they can best contribute to the business.
The children will break into five teams: Finance, Marketing, Design & Production, Sales and Storytelling before going on to make and sell their product. They will invest a small amount of money, which they will hope to recoup with a profit. They will calculate their estimated costs and sales, which they will compare with their actual results at the end of the programme. JEP will culminate in the school show case day, when the children’s learning, hard work and creativity will come together and family, the rest of the school and the members of the wider community will be invited to enjoy the results.