Deloitte Germany: JUNIOR program
Teaching tomorrow’s business leaders the skills they need today
Deloitte Germany is collaborating with the JUNIOR program to strengthen employability and entrepreneurship skills, as well as reduce unemployment rates of young adults across Germany. Centered on the motto “learning by doing,” the JUNIOR program creates an environment for students that fosters innovation. It teaches them real-life skills needed to conceptualize, establish, and maintain their own businesses for one year. Through the program, students gain valuable lessons in developing business ideas, setting-up their own company, and learning management processes.
The JUNIOR program takes the learning experience beyond the traditional classroom setting; students simulate real-world business scenarios and gain firsthand insights into the world of work and running a business. In 2010, nearly 8,000 students took part in the JUNIOR program, setting up more than 500 business enterprises. Since 1994, the program has seen more than 60,000 student participants from all over Germany establish some 4,000 student enterprises. Deloitte Germany professionals guide and mentor students as they launch their own companies. They share their know-how, offering advice on business plans and operations, marketing, economics, business law, and organizational structure.
A selection of Deloitte Germany volunteers are appointed to sit alongside other business leaders on the jury of JUNIOR’s annual competition held at year-end,. The jurors collectively evaluate student enterprises and award those they consider to be the best. By leveraging their business expertise, Deloitte Germany professionals are helping to contribute to a highly skilled pool of graduates for the workforce.
Currently offered in 15 regions across Germany, JUNIOR aims to expand the program nationwide with the support of Deloitte Germany, other companies, and government organizations.
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“Germany’s greatest resources are entrepreneurship and innovation. It is great to witness how young, committed people use their competence and creativity to bring successful business models to life. Deloitte Germany and its foundation, Deloitte-Stiftung, are proud to be a part of this fantastic project."
– Prof. Dr. Martin Plendl, CEO, Deloitte Germany