The School: Heartlands Academy, Birmingham

Having undertaken a rigorous application process following an employability day lead by PwC, 15 students from Heartlands Academy visited the PwC Office. Following the launch of the Big Business Challenge on Thursday last week, the students had formed themselves into newly named teams and discussed their Challenge skill strengths and weaknesses. Let’s see how they got on.

The Business: PwC, Birmingham

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 Challenge: Money Matters

Having met and grilled the volunteers and taking a tour of the office the students were set and ready to get to grips with their challenge. The team working and problem solving skills of the students were put to the test as they were tasked with setting up their own sweet shop. They were required to present a pitch for funding, and work out how much interest the bank wanted to take in their investments!

The Results:

Alpha F, Shrewd and New Horizons were so competitive from the start that judges had a difficult job in choosing a final winner for the day. Points had been flying onto the board throughout the visit, and team leaders emerged and expertly drove the teams to success. The competition has certainly heated up for when students return to school to continue their Lesson Time Project.

What they said:

  • “It is great to see the conversations that emerge as the students get into the work they are doing” – Teacher, Heartlands Academy
  • “I wasn’t sure what to expect but it has been excellent! It has been great to work with students in this capacity” – Volunteer, PwC
  • “It has been great and I have really enjoyed the day. I thought that the business space would be boring but it has been really great to see what a real workplace is like” – Student, Heartlands Academy

Thanks to PwC for such a great trip day, and to Heartlands 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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