Monday 19 April 2021

Despite the challenges faced by the pandemic, Junior Achievement Isle of Man has supported more than 3,950 students in the past academic year.

This has only been possible thanks to the dedication and commitment of more than 240 volunteers, from Island businesses and the wider community, who have collectively donated 1,824 hours of their time to work across all Isle of Man primary and secondary schools.

Junior Achievement is the Island’s largest educational charity dedicated to helping young people develop skills for the workplace. It is committed to helping the Island’s younger generation gain important life skills through the delivery of a range of programmes tailored to different ages.

Designed to teach students how to manage money, develop team working and decision-making skills, build entrepreneurial abilities, develop transferable skills and understand how the world of business works, the programmes are fun, engaging and provide invaluable teachings for the Island’s young people.

To run these programmes, Junior Achievement relies on the support of a network of more than 300 volunteers. These individuals work in a classroom supported by a teacher and are given extensive training and support by the Junior Achievement team. They are asked to give as much time as they can, whether that is one full or half-day workshop in an academic year or multiple.

Junior Achievement looks to match volunteers with a programme that suits their knowledge and skill set, so students can benefit from the expertise of people who have a real understanding of the subject area. For instance, volunteers who work in the finance sector will run sessions on money management.

The charity raises £300,000 annually to ensure that every child in education in the Isle of Man has free access to these workshops, and the lessons are designed in such a way that every student can participate, regardless of their academic ability.

Junior Achievement is working hard to run extra classes to make up for the recent school closures and is in desperate need of additional volunteer resources, as well as funding.

Sue Cook, CEO of Junior Achievement, said: ‘I am not sure if the Manx public is aware of the scale of our work and how many thousands of young people we have helped over the last decade. We believe what makes Junior Achievement unique is the interaction that students have with people from business, whose range of skills and experience help to bring the workshops to life.

‘It has never been more important to support young people in developing skills for the workplace and we need more volunteers to support our work. Our amazing team comes back each year because they love it. That feeling you get when you inspire a young person and help them prepare for the future is truly like no other.

‘We would love to hear from new individuals who would like to find out more about volunteering with Junior Achievement and the wonderful opportunities available. We’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch for an informal chat.’

To find out more about Junior Achievement and the volunteering roles available, contact Sue at suecook@jaiom.im or visit the Junior Achievement website: www.jaiom.im