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17 schools awarded for their entrepreneurial achievements

Vienna, Austria, 08 November 2018

17 outstanding primary and secondary schools championing entrepreneurship education received the Entrepreneurial School Awards on 7 November in Vienna.
The Entrepreneurial School (TES) Awards is an annual recognition, led by JA Europe, which aims to provide a supportive and motivational framework to guide schools, headmasters and teachers from across Europe in their entrepreneurial learning initiatives.

On 7 November, the TES Awards took place in Vienna as part of the European Vocational Skills Week. For the fourth edition of the Entrepreneurial School Awards, 17 innovative (academic and vocational) schools from across Europe have been selected at national level for their cutting-edge vision and outstanding implementation of entrepreneurship education programmes. Headmasters and teachers gathered in Vienna on 7-8 November for the TES Awards ceremony hosted by Siemens as well as a workshop, offering them an opportunity to network and exchange good practices.

“If we want to prepare youth for the future of jobs, we need to ensure they are equipped with the right skills today. Schools, teachers and families therefore have an essential role to play in fostering not only their academic skills but their soft/entrepreneurial skills as well, with a strong focus on practical experiences. Next century schools will definitely look like the Entrepreneurial School awardees,” said Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe.

The schools have been assessed at national level by special committees composed of JA national offices and their national education authorities. They scored the highest in their countries against key indicators promoting the sustainability of entrepreneurship education: the quality of the school’s strategy, the allocation of appropriate resource, the existence of relevant teacher training, the engagement of local and business communities, and the extent of the school’s best practice network.

“A proper education is the key for young people to get to know themselves, their strengths and interests. Therefore, we make sure to provide and help our employees to develop their professional and personal skills and offer young people, especially apprentices, the education which suits their individual background;” concluded Wolfgang Hesoun, CEO Siemens Austria.

According to Flash Eurobarometer 466 (May 2018) “A majority of young Europeans think that increasing the teaching of creativity or critical thinking in schools or universities would be useful.” In that perspective, the European Commission is advancing work to build a European Education Area by 2025. The Entrepreneurial School Awards intends to contribute to this effort, notably by supporting Member States in improving innovation-driven education and training systems.


The Entrepreneurial School Awards 2018Brochure: The Entrepreneurial School Awards 2018


  • Austria - Hak has feldkirch
  • Czech Republic - OA, SOŠ a JŠ Hradec Králové
  • Denmark - Niels Brock
  • Estonia - Kuressaare Ametikool
  • Finland - Kristinestads högstadieskola
  • Georgia - Progress
  • Germany - Franziskus Gymnasium Nonnenwerth
  • Greece - Pierce American College
  • Latvia - Riga State Gymnasium No.3
  • Lithuania - Kaunas Versvu Gymnasium
  • Luxembourg - Lycée Ermesinde
  • Norway - Lier Upper Secondary School
  • Romania - Marmația Technological High School
  • Russia - Bolgar School No.2
  • Slovakia - Secondary grammar school of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Switzerland - Akzent Entrepreneurship of Kantonsschule Hottingen
  • United Kingdom - Hendon School

Read more about the entrepreneurial schools 2018

About JA Europe
JA Europe is the largest non-profit in Europe dedicated to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. JA Europe is a member of JA Worldwide which for 100 years has delivered hands on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. JA creates pathways for employability, job creation and financial success.
Last school year, the JA network in Europe reached more than 4 million young people across 40 countries with the support of 140,000 business volunteers and 130,000 teachers/educators.

About Siemens Austria
Siemens Austria is one of the leading technology companies of the country. In total around 10,300 employees work for Siemens in Austria. Sales in the 2017 fiscal year amounted to EUR 3.4 billion. The business activities focus on the areas electrification, automation and digitalization. In essence this includes systems and services for power generation, transmission and distribution as well as energy efficient products and solutions for production, transportation and building technologies and technologies for high-quality and integrated healthcare. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment - such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems - and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. Automation technologies, software and data analytics play a major role in these areas. With its six plants, globally active competence centers and regional expertise in every single Federal Province, Siemens Austria significantly contributes to the local value add. With around 11,000 suppliers – roughly 6,900 based in Austria – the purchasing volume of the Siemens AG Österreich from outside suppliers itself amounted to more than EUR 1 billion in the past fiscal year. Siemens Austria not only holds the business responsibility for the local market, but also for 18 additional countries in the region Central and Eastern Europe as well as for Israel.

About the European Vocational Skills Week
European Vocational Skills Week 2018 is taking place in Vienna, from 5 to 9 November. As part of the Week, hundreds of events and activities will also be taking place across Europe from September to December. Opening events and Employers’ Days will be hosted in several Member States, awards are taking place in Vienna, and national Ambassadors will be raising awareness of the campaign.


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