Laois’ future business magnates can now develop their skills in childhood thanks to a free training programme for 5th and 6th class pupils.
Laois based entrepreneur Ronan O’Brien, CEO of Zatori Results Ltd, is Laois partner for the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP), which starts this September.
“JEP is aimed primarily at 10 and 11 year olds and is about using the existing classes with purpose. A maths class is used to add up how much ingredients would cost if their project was to bake cupcakes, Art class makes the marketing posters and English class to write in the business planning work book.” Mr O’Brien said.
The ten week non-profit programme is in place in ten other counties, including Carlow, where four out of five primary schools take part. A classroom kit, online teacher training and support from the Junior Entrepreneur Partner are provided. Information packs have been delivered to all Laois primary schools.
“We have had a big reaction already. We hope that parents will encourage schools to engage with this. It will help young minds to embrace their talents and ideas and form an entrepreneurial spirit. I firmly believe that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life and what better message is there for children,” said Mr O’Brien.
The JEP Programme was founded in 2010 and has so far reached over 6,500 young Irish students. See www.juniorentrepreneur.ie or contact the Laois JEP Programme Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.