We are proud to be involved in The Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP), an innovative programme which opens the minds of primary school pupils to the joy of entrepreneurship at a time in their lives when they are full of imagination and open to new possibilities.
The programme is appropriate and aligned to the NI Curriculum and promotes skills which are useful in preparing children for the world of work. The programme helps participating pupils to develop a number of skills including literacy, writing, presentation, drawing, technology, research skills, numeracy, financial, consumer awareness, storytelling, listening skills, creative thinking, problem solving, team building and collaboration skills.
This year, Stephen Grant will be championing the programme, where he will share his story and that of Grant with the pupils. It is this partnership between JEP and the county sponsor that allows the programme to be delivered without any cost to the parents or the schools.
The programme has a significant personal development impact on participating pupils, building confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem, and an appreciation of individual skills and talents. JEP was founded in County Kerry in 2010 by Jerry Kennelly, Tweak.com; the Institute of Technology, Tralee; Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick and Shannon Development, with the aim of fostering and nurturing an entrepreneurial culture, at an appropriate level, among primary school children. 5,000 pupils are currently participating in the programme and playing their part in creating their very own classroom enterprises.