Junior Achievement’s schools programmes boosted by Z Zurich Foundation support

Monday 17 August 2020

Junior Achievement is extending two successful schools programmes thanks to continued support from the Z Zurich Foundation.

The Z Zurich Foundation will provide funding for the next two years to support Junior Achievement’s delivery of its Learn To Earn and Our World projects. Learn to Earn helps students understand the importance of soft skills and financial awareness, and encourages them to study hard so they have a wide choice of opportunities when they leave school. It will be delivered over the next two years to all year nine pupils (aged 13 to 14) in every secondary school on the Island.

The Our World programme is for year six students (aged 10 to 11) in every primary school. Children will learn about the effect of global supply and demand on the value, price, use, and sustainability of the world’s resources. The Z Zurich Foundation’s grant supports the employment of a part-time Programme Assistant.

Sue Cook, Chief Executive, Junior Achievement Isle of Man, said: “It has never been more important to support young people in education to develop the skills they will need to get a job or start their own business. The support Junior Achievement receives from the Z Zurich Foundation will mean that more than 1,500 students each year will benefit from the work of our charity. Zurich International on the Island continue to be an important community partner who provide support on many levels, including time for employee volunteers to work in classrooms. We are delighted they have agreed to extend their programme support for a further two years.”

The Z Zurich Foundation is a charitable foundation and the main vehicle be which the Zurich International Group (Zurich) delivers on its global community investment strategy. With its local grant programme scheme, it joins forces with the local Zurich International business to provide funding, as well as time and skills from employee volunteers, to causes linked to inclusion and wellbeing.  Zurich International, which has its HQ here on the Island, is part of the Zurich Insurance Group.

Nigel Simpson, Head of International Markets, Zurich International, commented: “We have a long and successful association with Junior Achievement Isle of Man and are delighted to extend our support. Junior Achievement does amazing work which helps young people to achieve their full potential, and the school programmes are essential elements in the wide range of initiatives which Junior Achievement offer.”

The Z Zurich Foundation began supporting the primary schools programme in 2017 so the latest announcement builds on the success of that initial three year partnership. In 2018 the Foundation provided a grant to support JAIOM’s Learn To Earn project, and Zurich International has sponsored several JAIOM Innovation In Business Awards in recent years.

Junior Achievement Isle of Man is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide which works in 100 countries and assists 12 million students every year thanks to nearly 500,000 volunteers.

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At Zurich International’s HQ are, left to right, Ruth Adamson, Learning & Development Consultant, Zurich International; Sue Cook, Chief Executive, Junior Achievement Isle of Man; and Nigel Simpson, Head of International Markets, Zurich International.