Every student deserves the tools to reach their full potential. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities. But it’s our employees who are our greatest asset. They go to work for education every day as mentors and volunteers in communities around the world.
Since 2013, AT&T employees from seven European locations have worked with Junior Achievement (JA) – Europe and Young Enterprise (YE) to deliver inspiring business and enterprise programs reaching thousands of students.
Investing in a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing we can do to support a strong global economy.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, we’re contributing $345,000 to JA – Europe to continue our support. The funding will assist with mentor recruitment, student work-experience placements, program quality monitoring, and further development of the implementation strategy. Additionally, funding will support two year-end student recognition events and awards.
Over 2,000 students will join our program at over 166 schools in 11 locations across Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, Slovakia and the UK. More than 250 of our employee volunteers from these locations are sharing their business knowledge and skills.
Students can join one or both of two programs:
- For the entrepreneurial program, students have the chance to set up their own enterprise as part of JA-YE’s Company Programme, over a period of 3 to 12 months and with the support of AT&T volunteer business mentors. They have the opportunity to enter the JA-YE Europe Company of the Year Competition where they compete with the best student companies from the 39 country members of JA-YE Europe.
- The employability program sets out the skills and knowledge young people need to succeed. They have the opportunity to join one-day workshops led by AT&T employees that teach work-readiness skills such as compiling personal goal statements, interview techniques and future study and career options. Where possible, students will gain work experience through job shadowing with AT&T employees.
Investing in a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing we can do to support a strong global economy. Creating new learning environments and educational delivery systems will help students be successful in school and get them ready to take on 21st century careers.
Putting our company’s assets to work for education has been our priority for more than a century. We are proud to be part of AT&T’s commitment to education by investing in students here in Europe and beyond.