Eimear Galvin and Sofia Long , pupils at Feenagh National School
SOME OF Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs are calling on local primary schools to sign up to this year’s Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP).
The free nationwide programme gives children between 10 and 12 years-old a real insight into the business world, by enabling them to convert their commercial ideas into real business opportunities, complete with management teams, sales and the thrill of running a successful and profitable business.
The free 12-16 week programme is led by Jerry Kennelly, founder and CEO of Tweak.com, in association with Mary Immaculate College. Over the last five years, more than 26,500 pupils have already benefitted with Limerick being one of the first counties to embrace it and best represented.
Mr Kennelly, JEP co-founder, said: “All too often entrepreneurship programmes target transition year students at second level, but by then many career decisions and subject choices have already been made. The ideal time to open young minds to the thrill of business is at primary education level, when they are at their most creative and uninhibited in their approach to business ideas and solutions.”
The JEP programme is aligned with the primary school curriculum with participants developing skills and confidence in presentation, drawing, technology, research, numeracy as well as problem solving, collaboration and brand awareness. A full programme kit is provided to schools free of charge.
JEP county partner in Limerick, Diarmuid Geary, of Pallas Foods, said: “The pupils participating in JEP not only learn about business but they gain a far greater understanding of marketing, finance, sales, leadership while presentation skills, teamwork and confidence increase significantly as a result.”
Visit www.juniorentrepreneur.ie to sign up.