The School: Our Lady’s Catholic High School

Year 9 students at Our Lady’s completed the Day in Politics Challenge earlier this month. Today’s trip was a prize for the best student teams from the Challenge day. On the visit students would put their enterprise skills to the test and enter the world of finance.

The Business: PwC, Manchester

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. They have a wide range of clients, including, Debenhams, Tesco, Samsung, Sony and Barclays. They have over the recent years also been the certifier of votes for the Oscars!

The trip 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

Before launching into their challenge students quizzed PwC volunteers Gareth, Alex and Kim about their roles and the enterprise skills they needed to be successful. As an introduction to the concept of risk management, teams enthusiastically competed in a game of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’.

Supported by PwC volunteers, the students explored the role of risk and benefit in finance and then applied decision-making skills to make the best choices to support the creation of their own new business. Applying their Maths skills, using their imaginations and problem solving came to the fore in a fast-paced challenge which left everyone with smiles on their faces!

The Results:

In the pitches they delivered to the Bank Manager, with the view of securing a £20,000 loan to buy a year’s supply of sweets, all teams showed different attitudes to risk. The Sweet Treats team went for a Fairy Tale themed design while the Sweet Tooth Team opted for an international angle with sections of the shop themed in the style of countries from around the world.

Students then had to make the difficult decision of which sweet companies would supply their shops for the next year. Carefully weighing up the risk as well as well the fit with their shop theme, teams placed their orders.

A whole year had passed over lunch and it was time for teams to see how their investments had progressed. In the end it all came down to how teams were able to tell their story in their final report to the judges.

What they said:

  • “It was great to see students gaining confidence, being creative and developing their talents. Thanks to Enabling Enterprise and PwC for presenting such an engaging pathway from school to business!” – Teacher, Our Lady’s Catholic High School
  • “The best thing about today has been working with the students and seeing their understanding of the topic increase over the day.” – Volunteer, PwC
  • “I really enjoyed learning about the different areas of finance.” – Student, Our Lady’s Catholic High School

Thanks to PwC for such a great trip day, and to Our Lady’s Catholic High School for coming along.

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