Total Produce In The Community- Junior Achievers Ireland

Total Produce Partners Junior Achievers Ireland.

Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) is an initiative whereby professionals from successful Irish businesses are brought into local schools to teach basic skills to students and act as role models for the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.  The programme encourages young people to remain in education and helps them develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world. JAI is part of a worldwide organisation bringing entrepreneurship education to over 10 million young people each year. It was established in Ireland in 1996 and since then has built up a strong demand from schools throughout the country.

Junior Achievement programmes help to create a culture of enterprise within the education system. It aspires to help young people prepare for the world of work, giving them skills in communications and preparing for interviews. Financial literacy programmes enable students to explore how to manage, protect and make the most of future salaries and as we move towards a knowledge-based economy, JAI also brings science and maths skills to thousands of young students across Ireland.

Programmes begin at primary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers and continues through to secondary school, right up to age 18, preparing students for their future careers.

In addition to Corporate Sponsorship of the scheme,  Total Produce employees have volunteered to be “Business Volunteers” who are trained by JAI to go into schools to teach students valuable life and business lessons, the importance of education and study and, as importantly, to share their own experiences.  Each volunteer is required to teach 1 class a week for 6 weeks.

In supporting Junior Achievers, our hope is not only to contribute to the communities in which we trade but also to inspire the students participating in the Junior Achievers initiative.  We hope also that, for our employees, participation will provide an opportunity to express themselves, contribute to their community and garner rewarding experiences outside the confines of the workplace.