Born out of an American organisation in 1962, we were founder members of our European sister body
Junior Achievement Europe
JA Europe (www.jaeurope.org) is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy, reaching 3.5 million students in 39 countries in 2015. It was founded in 2001 when Young Enterprise Europe and Junior Achievement International Europe merged. JA works with the education and business communities as well as governments to provide young people from primary school to university with experiences that build the skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy. JA’s activities have been endorsed as best practice by the European Commission. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide®.
So what does this mean for our students in the UK?
Being part of the JA-YE network means we can help our enterprising young people spread their wings even further. There are several events across Europe that they can get involved with, including the annual European Trade Fair and Congress.
And every year our own annual Young Enterprise Innovation Award winner also has the opportunity to compete to be named the European Company of the Year. This is exactly what happened in 2011 when “Summit” won the prestigious title with its perfume pen.
Junior Achievement Worldwide
Merchant banker Sir Walter Salomon founded Young Enterprise in 1962. He based the UK organisation on the highly successful American Junior Achievement programme.
Junior Achievement Worldwide is the largest organisation in the world dedicated to educating students about entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programmes. Every year it reaches 9.7 million students in 379,968 classrooms across 123 countries throughout the world.
Young Enterprise has been a member of the global organisation since we began in 1963.