The School: Kenmont Primary School, Hammersmith

Entering their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise, the lucky selection of Year 3 and Year 5 children from Kenmont Primary School were well prepared for their challenge ahead. Armed with a good knowledge of the 8 enterprise skills and recent teamwork practice in their lesson-time projects, they were soon putting these to the test.

The Business: Virgin Unite, The Battleship, London

Virgin Unite is the not for profit foundation of the Virgin Group. As part of their outreach mission they have worked with Enabling Enterprise hosting a range of exciting trips for schools. The world-famous group founded by Sir Richard Branson has given students the opportunity to discover the world of work and find out more about the countless career options children might encounter when they grow up.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

After some creative warm-up activities to stimulate the children’s imaginations, the eager teams interviewed the volunteers from Virgin Unite about their roles and the skills they use. The challenge for our aspiring inventors was to design a gadget that would solve a range of problems those adults may encounter in their everyday lives. Thanks to intensive market research across all departments during their tour, the Kenmont would-be designers put their heads together to come up with a super high-tech gadget that would make life easier for the employees of Virgin companies across the world. Teams aimed high to generate a range of innovative gadgets including luxury super-speed hovercraft transport and robot suits.

The Results:

The students learnt a lot from their volunteers about the entrepreneurial culture and ethos at Virgin, and how the ambitious goals of Sir Richard Branson continue to drive the organisation to be the best, using imagination and aiming high. They also learnt about the vast range of different roles within just one part of the organisation, and how different skills are important for each job.

What they said:

  • “The children were learning and using problem-solving, imagination and sharing ideas: these are all skills they need in life.” – Teacher, Kenmont Primary School
  • “It was great to see the students grow in confidence through the day.” – Volunteer, Virgin Unite
  • “My favourite part of the day was interviewing the employees at Virgin and finding out more about their jobs.” – Student, Kenmont Primary School

Thanks to Virgin Unite for such a great trip day, and to Kenmont Primary School 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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One Response to “Business Trip: Kenmont Primary School at Virgin Unite in London”

  • Challenge Day: Kenmont Primary School and Crime Scene Investigation « Enabling Enterprise Education June 8, 2016

    [...] Kenmont Primary school, located in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, is a one form entry Partner School with Enabling Enterprise and has been working with us for three years. Across the school, Kenmont students have been developing their enterprise skills both inside and outside the classroom. Throughout the year, students from Year 1 to Year 6 have been taking part in Lesson-Time Projects. Today was another excellent opportunity for the students to put their enterprise learning and skills development to the test. [...]

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