The School: The South Leeds Academy

The South Leeds Academy has been working with Enabling Enterprise for the past couple of years to develop the enterprise skills of their students to ready them for the real world of work once they leave school. The day before this trip to PwC, students had been selected by teachers as a result of their effort and progress in enterprise skills of teamwork, resilience and problem-solving. Today those students were given the chance to put these skills to the test in a new challenge hosted by PwC on their Leeds premises.

The Business: PwC, Leeds

PwC – or PricewaterhouseCoopers – is the world’s second largest professional services firm, providing advice and support for businesses in anything from taxes to dealing with climate change. It was a great opportunity for students to see the many different jobs on offer at this trusted and respected multinational company which is known for being one of the biggest graduate employers in Britain.

The Challenge: Money Matters

The Money Matters challenge required students to explore the world of finance and the idea of risk-taking. The South Leeds Academy students worked together in teams to set up their very own sweet shop. They used their creativity and problem-solving skills in order to share their ideas about the theme for the sweet shop and the sweet companies they wanted to invest in.

The Results:

Students from Years 7 to 9 worked really well together as they raced to pitch their new sweet companies to the PwC professionals. From companies with an ethical stance giving 5% of their profits to endangered rhinos, to film-themed sweet shops catering for genres from children’s films such as Frozen to action-packed blockbusters such as Jurassic Park. PwC professionals were really impressed with the students’ creativity and their ability to work in teams they had never worked in before and achieve such fantastic results.

What they said:

  • “We were really impressed with their presentations. In such a short time they were able to share their ideas with confidence and professionalism.” – Volunteer, PwC
  • “I really enjoyed today: I think that I could work here!” – Student, The South Leeds Academy

Thanks to PwC for such a great trip day, and to The South Leeds Academy for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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