Junior achievement programme grows

The launch of Junior Achievement’s Company Programme for this school year underpins the importance of teaching young people the value of learning about the business world. 

Too, participant numbers have increased from 2011 to 2012. 

There are 294 students in Grand Cayman and 40 participants on Cayman Brac who enrolled in October, marking an increase of more than 140 over the previous programme. In addition, compared to 2011, two more sponsor companies have signed on, bringing that total to 14 for this year. 

President of Junior Achievement Paul Byles noted that the increased numbers resulted from the efforts of many people involved with the programme. 

“The growth in student numbers is a fantastic achievement and credit must go to our programme Director Teresa Foster for keeping our student participation numbers strong,” he said. 

Mr. Byles also thanked corporate ambassadors, other sponsors, advisors and volunteers for everything they have done to contribute to yet another great start to the Junior Achievement year. 

The yearly 18-week programme gives young people the opportunity to start and run their own companies, electing their own boards and providing a viable product they create. Volunteer mentors from sponsor companies guide the students through the process. 

The continual growth of the programme translates into more students gaining valuable business experience every year. 

“It is so exciting to see the greater number of students that have enrolled in the company programme this year. It is clear how much the students value the experience and knowledge they obtain by working together with their peers and our amazing sponsors and volunteer advisors, who are the backbone of the programme. We at Junior Achievement have great expectation for this year and are looking forward to the exciting products that be available soon,” said Ms Foster. 

Vumi Dube, a lead advisor with sponsor CITCO, pointed the great value she sees in the programme. 

“This is my sixth year of volunteering for Junior Achievement and what motivates me is the outcome of the programme – the way the programme changes the students to be achievers in running a business. Seeing the students come and learn and benefit from the programme is challenging at times but a very rewarding and fulfilling experiences,” he said. 

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