Sunday 25 September 2016

Junior Achievement Ireland marks 20 years

Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30

Alumni Ciaran Nolan, Tasneem Filaih and Aaron Ashe with current patron Leslie Buckley and Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland: Marc O'Sullivan
Alumni Ciaran Nolan, Tasneem Filaih and Aaron Ashe with current patron Leslie Buckley and Helen Raftery, CEO of Junior Achievement Ireland: Marc O'Sullivan

Businesses celebrated 20 years of supporting the Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) organisation yesterday.

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JAI is said to be the largest non-profit organisation in the country recruiting, training and supporting volunteers from business to facilitate in-classroom programmes covering themes such as employability, financial literacy, the value of studying STEM subjects and entrepreneurship skills for students.

In its first year 600 students participated in Junior Achievement (JA) programmes, while last year over 63,000 participated. The organisation was set up along the lines of JA USA, which was founded in 1919.

Current patron Leslie Buckley hosted the event to celebrate those supporting organisations that have worked with JAI from its early days.

He said: "I believe that promoting the value of education and encouraging our young people to see a future for themselves in the world of work is a great investment. The level of demand for JA activities from school leaders and the support it enjoys from leading industry figures is testament to a really great initiative, which shows what can be achieved when industry and education are facilitated in their joint endeavours."

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