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  • JA Europe and The Alliance for Youth are working together to teach young people the soft skills so hard to find by CEOs

    24 May 2018

    In recent years, numerous surveys about the future of work have been trying to identify key skills for tomorrow’s jobs. There is a clear consensus on the fact that industry leaders were unsure if they could actually find these skills even though they conceded that it is precisely these skills that are critical to tomorrow’s business success. A vast majority of CEOs say that even today they struggle to find recruits with the levels of creativity and skills in innovation their businesses need.

  • Leaders-for-a-Day celebrates the Entrepreneurial Attitude of JA Alumni

    16 April 2018

    What would happen if we put an eighteen-year-old in the shoes of a CEO from a major multinational? JA Europe did just that, in a work readiness awareness raising initiative called Leaders-for-a-day on April 16. JA Alum from all corners of Europe got the chance to shadow top executives from the private and public sectors.

  • ESP growth in Turkey

    01 September 2017

    The Action “Strengthening Entrepreneurship Education in Turkey and EU”, co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey under the umbrella of the Civil Society Dialogue Programme and implemented between February 2016 and July 2017 offered the opportunity to 4,000 students in Turkey to take the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) certification. 

  • 1st European Entrepreneurship Education Summit

    13 June 2017

    The 1st European Entrepreneurship Education Summit will take place on 11-12 July 2016 in Brussels, by gathering academics and experts in entrepreneurship education, policy-makers and government officials, educators, business and NGOs representatives.  

  • The ESP network is growing

    28 February 2017

    The ESP certification is currently available in 29 European countries. Thanks to a USAID grant, three Eastern Europe countries joined the ESP network: Georgia, Macedonia, and Moldova.

  • European Platform for Financial Education Launched

    22 February 2017

    A group of nine European organisations and associations have today launched a new European Platform for Financial Education. The initiative aims to promote the need for financial education and to boost financial literacy in Europe, particularly among young people and entrepreneurs. It also seeks to encourage EU-level leadership in this field.

  • End of the EU Grant and Start of a New Phase for the ESP

    08 December 2016

    The Leonardo da Vinci Grant that initially supported the development of the ESP ended in November, after three years of implementation. 

  • The leaders of tomorrow

    23 October 2016

    New Europe Editor, Alexandros Koronakis tells us about his participation in "Leaders for a day" programme.

  • Sage and JA Europe tackling the Skills Gap Crisis

    19 October 2016

    JA Europe and Sage are launching a new partnership in 6 European countries helping young people to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to start a business or to be successfully employed. Sage’s participation in Leaders-for-a-Day on 19 October will celebrate the official launch of this new partnership.

  • Young Europeans step into the shoes of business and policy leaders for one day

    19 October 2016

    35 young Europeans participated in Leaders-for-a-Day on 19 October an initiative of JA Europe offering them the opportunity to learn from top leaders by shadowing them during an entire working day.

  • Teachers across 25 countries gathered in Vienna to develop more effective education systems in Europe

    21 September 2016

    More than 150 educators and practitioners from 25 countries gathered in Vienna on September 19 and 20 to attend the International Summit for Educators organised jointly by JA Europe and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. 

  • Ralph Lauren Webinar - Knowing, Doing, Being - The 10 principles of being successful in your career

    09 September 2016

    Registrations are open for the Ralph Lauren Webinar until 3rd October 2016.

  • Apply for the Youth Essay competition!

    19 July 2016

    European SME Week, under the patronage of the European Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, has launched a youth essay contest aimed at 16-25 year olds across Europe. 

  • ESP Summit - Register now! Deadline extended

    04 July 2016

    July 14th is the new deadline to register to the International Summit for Educators. 

  • ESP Advisory Council to boost development and recognition of entrepreneurial skill-sets among young people

    06 June 2016

    JA Europe and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) announce the establishment of the ESP Advisory Council in support of the Entrepreneurial Skills PassTM, a unique international qualification in entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and competences for 15-19 year olds.In line with the upcoming New Skills Agenda for Europe, the ESP Advisory Council is committed to boost recognition of the competences and skills young people acquire through initiatives like the Entrepreneurial Skills PassTM and promote greater uptake of entrepreneurship education at schools across Europe.

  • ESP Launch in Turkey

    30 May 2016

    On Saturday 28 May 2016, JA Europe and JA Turkey (Genç Başarı Eğitim Vakfı) launched the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) in Turkey.

  • Girlz in Tech, a new opportunity coming up..

    15 April 2016

    As part of the ESP further opportunities, 90 girls that passed the ESP exam are invited to the Microsoft European event "Girlz in Tech" in Venice on 26th- 27th May 2016.  

  • NEW DATE! Personal branding in social media for entering today’s world of work

    15 April 2016

    ManpowerGroup and JA Europe team up again, after the great success of the first series of webinars.

  • 2016 - Year of Entrepreneurship in Serbia

    08 April 2016

    Junior Achievement Serbia (JAS) and Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of Government of Serbia (SIPRU) joined their forces in promoting the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) among teachers and students in Serbia.

  • Upskilling with ESP: two webinars for ESP students & teachers

    08 March 2016

    More than 140 students and teachers involved in the ESP across Europe participated in two webinars organized by ManpowerGroup in cooperation with JA Europe. The webinars aimed at presenting and discussing how to work better in a team and effectively manage different roles.  

  • The ESP reached Turkey in 2016!

    15 February 2016

    As of 15th February, JA Europe and JA Turkey (Genç Başarı Eğitim Vakfı), together with other six education and business associations, will join forces to implement the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) in Turkey, with a particular focus on two cities: Istanbul and Izmir.

  • Why entrepreneurship education matters

    14 January 2016

    Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe,  in her latest article advocates the need for entrepreneurship education remembering that it is one of the largest and most successful public-private partnerships in existence today. She also enhances the impact that the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) is having in increasing the number of schools, teachers and young people involved.

  • ESP Webinars - Registration is open!

    06 January 2016

    Two webinars with ManpowerGroup designed for JA students and teachers will take place on 26 January and 18 February. The webinars will be an opportunity to learn from experienced business professionals from ManpowerGroup about how to work in a team.

  • The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass at the Enterprise 2020 Summit

    19 November 2015

    On 16-17 November 2015, JA Europe and ESP partners joined countless organisations and companies in supporting business growth by participating in CSR Europe’s Enterprise 2020 Summit.

  • ESP at the Enterprise 2020 Summit

    22 October 2015

    The future of business in Europe is the main topic of the 2015 Enterprise 2020 Summit organised by CSR Europe and taking place on November 16-17,2015 at BOZAR, Brussels. 

  • The Committee on Culture and Education recognises the importance of ESP

    21 October 2015

    The Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, regarding the motion on skills policies for fighting youth unemployment, recalled the importance of addressing entrepreneurial skills to facilitate young people’s adaptation to the changes in the world of work. The Committee also recognized the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) as an important cross-border qualification that is available to achieve this goal by facilitating the mobility of young people across Europe’s job market.

  • 36 ESP holders become leaders for one day

    15 October 2015

    36 young leaders from 14 European countries, recipients of the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP), got the change to step in the shoes of business and policy leaders for one day.

  • Training the Entrepreneurs of the Future: Interview with Caroline Jenner, CEO, Junior Achievement Europe

    13 October 2015

    Caroline Jenner is on a mission to make entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills training an integral part of a student’s education. As CEO of Junior Achievement Europe (JA), Jenner is working closely with schools, businesses and other stakeholders and partners to develop a programme that will ultimately facilitate the match between demand and supply in the labour market.

  • Stepping up to open more doors for young people

    27 July 2014

    An international qualification that has just been launched aims to give students access to further opportunities and facilitate their transition from education to entrepreneurship or employment. The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) runs in 26 countries and certifies students between the ages of 15 and 19 who have had a practical entrepreneurship experience and gained the necessary knowledge, skills and competences to start a business or be successfully employed.

  • Offering young people a PASS to the world of work

    10 April 2015

    JA-YE Europe, together with WKO and CSR Europe, have developed theEntrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) which requires completion of a mini-company experience and an online test. ESP holders will become a pool of uniquely qualified and highly enterprising candidates.
    The ESP is part of the European Business Campaign on Skills for Jobs, an initiative promoted by CSR Europe and JA-YE Europe

  • Empowering youth from low-income schools to excel in the classroom, in their future job and beyond

    13 February 2015

    ArcelorMittal partners with Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Europe to give young people from different communities easy access to innovative and quality educational programmes. Together, we cultivate entrepreneurship by teaching young people about enterprise, business and economics in a practical way.

  • A European passport to train, work and start-up

    17 February 2015

    JA Europe and its partners (WKO, Foundation for Entrepreneurship - Young Enterprise Denmark, CSR Europe) are hosting a high-level roundtable lunch with policy stakeholders from the public and private sector on 4 March 2015 - the Launch of the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP).

  • Stakeholders launched a new EU-wide education scheme to help improve youth employability - EU Reporter

    04 March 2015

    European youth often lack necessary job skills and entrepreneurial competences, which contributes to consistently high youth unemployment rates.  To address this problem, a group of policy and industry stakeholders gathered today to launch the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP), a European qualification in entrepreneurship for young people, giving potential employers proof that its holder has real entrepreneurship experience and relevant job skills.

  • JA-YE launches Entrepreneurial Skills pass

    04 March 2015

    A new initiative has been launched in Brussels by JA-YE Europe (Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Europe) to provide the skills needed: the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass. A programme that provides training, and real world experience with business and mentorship.
    Included is the financial literacy many young entrepreneurs lack or would like improved.

  • Call for tender (monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment)

    01 April 2014

    The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) is a 3 year project (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2016) co-founded by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, under the Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

  • Entrepreneurial Skills Pass

    05 March 2015

    Gestern war ich Gastrednerin auf der Veranstaltung zur Einführung des europäischen Entrepreneurial Skills Pass der JA-YE Europe. Ein Pass also, der bestätigt, dass man bereits über unternehmerische Kenntnisse und Erfahrungen verfügt. Das ist wirklich einen gute Sache. JA-YE Europe, eine europäische NGO, bietet professioneller Unterstützung für Schüler und Studenten bei der Ausarbeitung ihrer eigenen Geschäftsidee.

  • Start of the ESP pilot

    05 May 2014

    The first of June some students involved in the Company Programme will take the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass for the first time, certifying the business, economic and financial knowledge they gained as a result of their mini-company experience.

  • Unleashing innovative spirit and entrepreneurism in Europe

    05 March 2015

    As Nelson Mandela said, education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. However, undisputedly, quality of education matters. Given the current era of digital revolution and Industry 4.0, digital skills and entrepreneurial attitude are key to drive our economies forward and secure successful future for our youth.

  • JA-YE Europe Company of the Year Competition and ESP Launch

    08 July 2014

    The ESP launch will take place during the JA-YE Europe Company of the Year Competition - JA-YE Europe's annual celebration of the achievements of its Company Programme students and their mini-companies from across Europe.

  • Stakeholders launched a new EU-wide education scheme to help improve youth employability

    06 March 2015

    European youth often lack necessary job skills and entrepreneurial competences, which contributes to consistently high youth unemployment rates.  To address this problem, a group of policy and industry stakeholders gathered today to launch the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP), a European qualification in entrepreneurship for young people, giving potential employers proof that its holder has real entrepreneurship experience and relevant job skills.

  • Discover ESP!

    23 July 2014

    The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) is a new international initiative aiming to certify the knowledge, skills and competences students gain through the Company Programme. It requires the completion of a mini-company experience (1 school year), a self-assessment test (pre-mid-post) and a final exam. ESP holders will become a pool of uniquely qualified and highly enterprising candidates. Do you want to know more? Watch the video!

  • Entrepreneurial Skills Pass and HP LIFE e-Learning provide skills training to Europe’s young people

    06 March 2015

    It’s a tough time for Europe’s young people. Over 5 million are unemployed and those who don’t go on to higher education are particularly vulnerable. At the same time, many European employers experience difficulties finding young people with the right skills to fill their vacancies. Developing solutions to these challenges is critical if we want to secure a bright future for Europe’s young people and a strong European economy.

  • EUROCHAMBRES and ESP

    10 June 2014

    EUROCHAMBRES, Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, has decided to endorse the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass and they will be one of the organisations endorsing the certificates.

  • JA-YE certificate aims to provide entrepreneurs with training, real world experience for jobs and growth

    08 March 2015

    With jobs and growth being the focus of the EU for the next five years, boosting European entrepreneurs has become increasingly important.

    However, in a borderless Europe, young people entering into business will need a skills and training course that will be recognised wherever they go. It’s said the easy part is getting an idea, the hard part is making it real.

  • ESP Stakeholder Event: 4 March 2015

    25 February 2015

    The Launch of the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass: the European Passport to train, work and start up. JA-YE Europe and its partners (WKO, Foundation for Entrepreneurship - Young Enterprise Denmark, CSR Europe) are hosting a high-level roundtable lunch with policy stakeholders from the public and private sector on March 4th 2015. The event is graciously hosted by MEPs Petra Kammerevert, Member of the Committee on Culture and Education and MEP Jutta Steinruck, Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and supported by Visa Europe.

  • Is an entrepreneurial mindset something you can teach and learn?

    10 March 2015

    Yes, we are convinced that you can teach entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset. Entrepreneurship is all about attitudes, skills and competences.

  • Stakeholders launched a new EU-wide education scheme to help improve youth employability

    04 March 2015

    A new Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) to prove that a student has strong entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. European youth often lack necessary job skills and entrepreneurial competences, which contributes to consistently high youth unemployment rates. To address this problem, a group of policy and industry stakeholders gathered today to launch the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP), a European qualification in entrepreneurship for young people, giving potential employers proof that its holder has real entrepreneurship experience and relevant job skills.

  • Empower young European entrepreneurs through financial literacy

    11 March 2015

    Public policy and businesses must act now to help the EU's youths improve their financial literacy skills. This is crucial if they are to find a job or become successful entrepreneurs, writes Nick Jones.

  • ESP at the Slovak Trade Fair

    05 March 2015

    JA Slovakia is organising a National Trade Fair for students and teachers involved in the Company Programme. The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass is part of the programme.

  • CSR Europe and stakeholders launch the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass

    12 March 2015

    The ESP gives potential employers proof that its holder has tangible entrepreneurship experience as well as relevant job skills. CSR Europe is a proud partner and is working to involve companies across Europe in this important initiative, encouraging them to match their entrepreneurship promotion programmes to the ESP.

  • ESP at the JA Czech Company of the Year Competition & Trade Fair

    27 May 2015

    During the largest JA Czech event of this school year, ESP was promoted to teachers, students and other participants.

    Around 40 teachers met to discuss and provide their feedback on the practice of the project so far. The upcoming final testing and motivation of students were the key topics of the discussion.

  • Fostering young business talent, and giving companies a chance to spot it

    12 April 2015

    The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) helps young people realise their entrepreneurial potential and connects them with the companies looking for fresh talent. As the EU struggles with youth unemployment and a growing skills mismatch, initiatives like ESP need wider support from public and private communities.

  • ESP officially recognized by Ministry of Education in Slovakia

    09 June 2015

    Great news from Slovakia! The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass has been recognized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

  • Analysis: Corporate Engagement - Teaching Entrepreneurship

    13 April 2015

    Entrepreneurs are in demand. Arguably, there has never been a greater need for creative individuals with new ideas and business models who can help modern society to tackle its greatest challenges, including those related to achieving sustainability.

  • ESP holders can apply for Leaders-For-A-Day

    03 August 2015

    Leaders-for-a-Day provides young people who have completed the JA Company Programme and obtained ESP certification from across Europe with the opportunity to learn from a leader by shadowing him/her for one day. The goal is to enable young people to make better informed career choices, enlarge their network and improve their career opportunities.

  • Lack of entrepreneurial skills is blunting Europe's competitive edge

    20 April 2015

    A competent young workforce is crucial to retaining the competitiveness of the EU economy as a whole. However, ensuring that the younger generations possess the right skills is becoming more challenging in a shrinking and increasingly competitive job market. The truth is that the skills required to thrive in this day and age are very different from what is being taught at the majority of schools and universities.

  • ESP students received by President of the Slovak Republic

    15 September 2015

    12 students from JA Slovakia, included one ESP holder, have been invited to the Presidential Palace in Bratislava. Best JA students and their teachers had the opportunity to meet and talk to the President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska, about their practical entrepreuneurial experiences.

  • ERT Recommendations: ESP as a key initiative to boost enterprising attitude

    02 October 2015

    On September 28, the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) published a document about leveraging employability and recommended a range of measures to boost the hard and soft skills needed by European companies.

  • Leaders-for-a-Day and the ESP

    08 October 2015

    On October 13-14, 30+ ESP holders will come to Brussels and participate in Leaders-for-a-Day. This initiative provides young people who have completed the JA Company Programme and obtained the ESP certification with the opportunity to learn from a leader by shadowing him/her for one day.

  • ESP Case-Study

    09 October 2015

    The European Commission - Joint Research Centre has just published an in-depth case-studies report, where the ESP is presented as a reference on how entrepreneurship is taught and learnt as a key competence.

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