On Tuesday 6 December 2022, more than 400 students gathered to participate in the 15th Luxembourg Practice Enterprise TradeFair, organised by Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg asbl. In total, 21 companies from 13 secondary schools were present at the Geesseknäppchen Forum.
The concept of the Practice Enterprise (PE) has existed since the 1950s and is implemented in many countries across various sectors (school, vocational training, professional reintegration, etc.). In Luxembourg, the concept was introduced in 2006 in the school curriculum as a compulsory course for secondary school students, completing a vocational training course within the administrative and commercial division.
Understanding how a business works through a fictitious market
The Practice Enterprises are fictitious companies integrated in a global network constituting a real parallel market, allowing them to undertake commercial actions between them by simulating the real market as accurately as possible.
The objective of the PE is to put into practice the theoretical knowledge acquired in other courses and to gain an overview of the functioning of a company. Interaction between the different departments and with external bodies is promoted. It is therefore through commercial practice that the PE aims to best prepare young people for the world of work.
The Practice Enterprises Trade Fair is organised once a year and allows the companies to meet each other and create business alliances. A competition is also held and the following four prizes are up for grabs: “Best portfolio & catalogue”, “Best stand and business practice”, “Best presentation” and finally the “Best Training Company of the fair 2022”. There are also two optional prizes to be won, namely the “Innovation Award” and the “Sustainability Award”.
The jury, consisting of 6 members – 3 representatives from the educational world and 3 representatives from the business world – evaluated the Practice Enterprises in order to select the winners. For this edition of the Fair, Jonk Entrepreneuren was able to benefit from the expertise of the following jury members:
- Blanche Lamesch -Head of the Promotion and Awareness of Trades Department of the Chambre des Métiers
- Chahrazed Djennas – Project Manager of the National Youth Service (Service National de la Jeunesse, SNJ)
- Jean Toussaint – Corporate Relations Officer/Corporate Banking Department of Spuerkeess
- Michel Logeling – Founder and Creative Director of Brainplug
- Paul Kohnen – Teacher at the Lycée Classique d’Echternach
- Tom Emeringer – Teacher at the Lycée Aline Mayrisch
- The prize for the Best Practice Enterprise of the Fair was awarded to “Green Getaway” from Lycée du Nord in Wiltz.
- The prize for the Best Stand and Commercial Practice was awarded to “Insane” from École Privée Marie-Consolatrice in Esch.
- The prize for the Best Presentation was awarded to “Bakstuff” from the Lycée Technique in Ettelbruck.
- The prize for the Best Portfolio & Catalogue was awarded to “MAPA” from the Lycée Technique du Centre.
- The prize for Innovation was awarded to “Tocalux” from the Technical College of Centre.
- The prize for Sustainable Development was awarded to the “Candle4You” team from the École Privée Sainte-Anne in Ettelbruck.
Have a look at the photos of the event here.