The Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) is a 10 – 16 week entrepreneurial education programme for primary school pupils. The not-for-profit programme is led by Jerry Kennelly (founder & CEO of Tweak.com) in association with academic partner, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Developed in Ireland. The principles of the Primary School Curriculum are embedded in JEP utilising an integrated teaching and project-based approach to teach many strands of the curriculum.
This innovative programme opens the minds of primary school pupils to the joy of entrepreneurship at a time in their lives when they are full of imagination and open to new possibilities. The programme helps participating pupils to develop a number of skills including literacy, writing, presentation, drawing, technology, research skills, numeracy, financial, consumer awareness, storytelling, listening skills, creative thinking, problem solving, team building and collaboration skills.
The programme has a significant personal development impact on participating pupils, building confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem, and an appreciation of individual skills and talents.
This year, successful entrepreneurs around the country are championing the programme in their areas, making it possible for thousands of primary school pupils to take part in this unique initiative. It is this partnership between JEP and the county sponsor that allows the programme to be delivered without any cost to the parents or the schools.
10,000 pupils participated in 2015 in the programme and played their part in creating their very own classroom enterprises.