Supporting Entrepreneurial Education in Eastern Europe
This regional activity covers Serbia, Macedonia, Georgia and Moldova and serves 100,000 young people to develop their entrepreneurial and workforce readiness competencies. The activity introduces and/or scales up two of its flagship programs. The JA Company Program, which reaches 15–19 year olds, is the largest entrepreneurship education scheme for schools in Europe. Complementary initiatives to JA Company include Entrepreneurial Skills Pass certification, JA Job Shadow/Leader-for-a Day, national and international competitions, JA Innovation Camps, and 'Girls and Leadership'. The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) is an international diploma that certifies students (15–25 years old) who have participated in the JA Company Program and have gained the necessary knowledge, skills, and competences to start a business or to be successfully employed. The certification includes completion of a full-year, in-school mini-company experience; a self-assessment entrepreneurial competences; an examination of business, economic, and financial knowledge; and the possibility to access further opportunities offered by small and large businesses, top higher education institutions and international organizations.