Over the next three years the BNP Paribas Foundation will be helping French Entrepreneurship Education organisation "Entreprendre Pour Apprendre" to roll out its ‘Mini Entreprise’ programme at vocational schools in Paris.

EPA President Jérôme Gervais explains: “The EPA ‘Mini Entreprise’ programme enables secondary school pupils, especially those who are following vocational studies, to choose the direction they wish to go in rather than having those choices made for them.″

Entreprendre pour Apprendre

The ‘Mini Entreprise’ programme created by French vocational training organisation ‘Entreprendre pour Apprendre’ (Entrepreneurship as Education) is designed to enable young people, guided by their teacher, to set up their own company as a learning exercise. The mini-entrepreneurs take on responsibility for their own business: they design, produce and market a product or a service and carry out the company’s administrative and financial management. A full-time EPA expert provides advice and support to the teachers and their pupils during some 60 hours of workshops held throughout the school year.

For this innovative experiment, BNP Paribas Foundation has agreed to provide assistance to three schools in Paris: Saint Jean de Montmartre, a vocational high school in the 18th district; the Alexandre Dumas special remedial secondary school in the 15th district; and the Croce Spinelli special remedial school in the 14th district.

BNP Paribas Foundation President Michel Pébereau underlined: ″Our intention in supporting the development of the EPA ‘Mini Entreprise’ programme is to help provide a boost to vocational learning institutions, which too often take a back seat to the general education high schools. We are trying to encourage the vocational approach to education and learning initiatives that can offer real opportunities to the young people of today.”

Entreprendre pour Apprendre

Photography credits : (c) Maxime Dufour

An international movement

This new partnership with EPA, which is the French arm of the Junior Achievement Worldwide network, joins a number of other initiatives in which BNP Paribas Group entities are working hand-in-hand with Junior Achievement organisations:

  • In Belgium, BNP Paribas Fortis has since 1975 been partnering ‘Jeunes Entreprises’ and ‘Vlajo’, two organisations which are affiliated to Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE Europe).
  • In the United States, Bank of the West has been a Junior Achievement partner since 1993, providing help and advice to 22 local sections of the organisation in 19 States.
  • In France, BNP Paribas Cardif has been an EPA partner since 2011. The partnership is based on skills transfer: volunteers from among the entity staff – 70 to date – pass on their business and financial knowhow to young people.
  • In Italy, Findomestic is partnering JA Italia on the ‘PerCorsi Young’ project, a programme which teaches secondary school students to assess, plan and take timely action as regards their own financial situation.

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