Manager for a Day
Manager for a Day was the final activity for National Careers Week. This was where we invited corporate organizations to host/introduce students to the different aspects of their respective companies. Students were hosted at GK General Insurance Company and the Ministry of Finance & Planning where they got the opportunity to job shadow various careers in the organizations.
Additionally, representatives from companies such as Ernst & Young Services Ltd and Couples Resort went into select schools where they did a presentation around different career opportunities, selecting the best careers and how to prepare for the world of work. Finally, Grace Agro Processing, Black River Fire Station and Bashco Trading Ltd. invited students to visit their respective businesses to do a tour of their facilities, which included demonstrations of various processes, the different machines and equipment and how they are used, etc.
Regional Fora and Entrepreneurial Expo
On Thursday, February 14, there were six Regional Fora being hosted concurrently in each of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s Regions. This event showcased the top companies per school for the JACE Program, where they competed in the JACE Business Pitch Competition for top awards such as Most Innovative Products, Best Booth and Best Pitch. Our Grade 5 Program, JA BizTown was also featured in the Business of the Future Display Competition, where the students were challenged with setting up a model of a business operation, product or service based on what they envision it being like 20-30 years from now.
Other activities for the day included features from the NCTVET areas in schools, displays from local universities and colleges, the Junior Achievement Money Biz Tour activity.
One of the first activities leading up to National Careers Week was the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) Annual General Meeting. This is where students enrolled in the JACE Program host a function that provides updates on the status of their start up companies to their various stakeholders at their respective schools. The AGM also featured a display of the companies’ products and services and a report from the major departments.
Importantly, the AGM was an avenue for the top company per school to be selected to be represented at the Regional Forum and Entrepreneurship Expo that took place on the Thursday of National Careers Week.
Through a partnership with JWN Foundation, Junior Achievement Jamaica facilitated a Career Success Seminar on January 15, 2019 for JWN Foundation scholarship recipients. This workshop featured critical areas such communication and conflict management, critical thinking and prioritizing for effective time management, et al. This workshop helped to prepare the scholars for the corporate environment and equip them with effective strategies for excelling at work while building their personal brand.
Nain High School takes the Company of the Year
Nain High School doing their part to protect the environment. Waste management in St Bess (St Elizabeth) has deteriorated as the local authorities are running out of space and resources to manage waste. This is how the little school in St Elizabeth students described the reason for their product development.
Rs Crafters a Grade 9 student run company was one of 41 high schools who completed the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurship Program last school year. The student companies chose their company directors through a nomination process. Each company had a CEO and Directors. The business imitated a real business wherein they came up with a solution to a market problem. The Rs company developed a waterproof BAG made out of recycling materials. The company states their product is “a perfect example of the recycle-related terms; reuse, reduce and recycle”
JA Career Success Workshop
The JA Career Success Program is an initiative that equips students with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high growth career industries. It covers the following key topics:
- 4 Cs of Success: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication;
- Strong Soft Skills
- Work Priorities
- STEM and High-growth Industries
- Personal Brand and Job Hunting Tools – resumes, cover letters, interviews and digital profiles
The first workshop was held on November 23rd with over 200 students in attendance. These workshops will be held throughout the 2018-2019 school year with the target being students participating in the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs Secondary Early Entrepreneurial Development Program for grade 9 students funded by USAID. Western Union Foundation also sponsors aspects of the workshops.
JA Americas Company of the Year 2018
The JA Company of the Year Competition is to create a signature showcase for Junior Achievement and the high school students who benefit from the impact of the JA Company Program and for Jamaica the JA Company of Entrepreneurs Secondary Early Entrepreneurial Development (JACE SEED) Program. This annual celebration of success, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary edition in Lima, Peru, will allow young people to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment which will engage business, education and policy leaders as well as the media. At the event, students from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean proudly present the results of their enterprise and learning experience and appear before a panel of independent judges who determine company performance against the competition criteria. For a team to win this award, it is not sufficient just to run a financially successful JA Company or create an exciting product/service. R’s Crafters from Nain High School in St. Elizabeth was selected to represent JA Jamaica.
Champions for Youth Awards Banquet
Junior Achievement Jamaica hosts the Champions for Youth Awards Banquet annually in recognition of the outstanding teachers, principals and organizations that have been integral in the execution of the organization’s programs in schools and communities across Jamaica. The awards highlight the top teacher in each parish as well as select from different programs who have shown incredible initiative in ensuring different JA Programs remain in their school’s timetable.Companies and institutions are also recognized for their support and the impact they have had on Junior Achievement attaining their goal of reaching all Jamaican students.
JA Americas Company of the Year Competition
The goal of the JA Company of the Year Competition is to create a signature showcase for Junior Achievement and the high school students who benefit from the impact of the JA Company Program and for Jamaica the JACE Program. This annual celebration of success will allow young people to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment which will engage business, education and policy leaders as well as the media.
At the event, students from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean proudly present the results of their enterprise and learning experience, and appear before a panel of independent judges who determine company performance against the competition criteria. For a team to win this award, it is not sufficient just to run a financially successful JA Company or create an exciting product/service. Team members also must demonstrate an understanding of how and why the company performed as it did, and balance the business achievements of the team as a whole with each member’s individual personal development. Judges will look for evidence of innovation and application of new ideas in all aspects of company operations.
Ernst & Young Services Ltd. Connect Day
Ernst & Young Services Ltd. partners with Junior Achievement each year for the Connect Day Initiative which is their annual volunteer activity. For this up to 100 employees from EY engages students in Primary and Preparatory schools in Kingston & St. Andrew by doing a JA Program.
The Financial Services Commission Schools Financial Education Program
The FSC collaborates with Junior Achievement to execute the Schools Financial Education Program. This initiative was developed to promote financial literacy in our students by utilizing the JA Personal Finance curriculum as well as financially related field trips.
Global Entrepreneurship Week
During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Junior Achievement Jamaica is the national host for GEW in Jamaica and with this we coordinate a series of activities in partnership with various organizations across the country.
JA BizTown is a program designed specifically for grade five (5) students. It is an integrated approach to learning core subject areas such as Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies taught at this grade level, using practical approaches and applying everyday activities to the learning experience.
The JACE Program is designed to provide Grade 9 students with a unique learning experience in the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship.Students learn how to allocate ownership within a team and plan for future growth, learn the necessary skills to become effective entrepreneurial leaders, and recognize various entrepreneurial strategies and when each is appropriate.
National Careers Week
National Careers Week is the collaborative effort of the Ministry of Education, HEART Trust NTA and Junior Achievement. This is celebrated the 2nd week in February each year and entails a week of activities focused on the development and sensitization of different careers and skills, especially in high-growth, new and emerging industries. The goal of NCW is to help inspire a focus on skills development and wiser career decisions across Jamaica toward better engaging youth and adults alike in helping to establish a the country as a globally competitive nation.
Scotiabank Road to Success Program
The Scotiabank Road to Success Program is designed to educate students about the importance of having a correct management of their finances and clarity on their professional goals, interests and values for a successful future. The program consists of class sessions led by volunteers from Scotiabank, an Innovation Camp and culminates with a regional competition with other countries in the Americas region.
Western Union "Education for Better" Program
The Western Union “Education for Better” Program is an initiative in collaboration with Western Union Foundation across the JA Americas Region. For this, students are equipped with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries.