The Schools: Kingsbury Green Primary

Students from Year 3 at Kingsbury Green Primary, in Brent enjoyed developing enterprise skills such as teamwork and creativity during their Trash to Treasure lesson time project back in Autumn term.

This term, they were excited to take on a new challenge and apply their skills alongside volunteers at Virgin Group.

The Business: Virgin, London

After launching his first business, a student newspaper in 1968, Richard Branson is now one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. He passionately believes in the need for young people to develop enterprise skills.

Virgin Group’s core business areas are travel, entertainment and lifestyle. It also manages ventures in financial services, transport, healthcare, food and drink, media and telecommunications.

Volunteers from different departments at Virgin Group joined students from Kingsbury Green Primary to support them with their young enterprise challenge.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Arriving at the Battleship Building in Hammersmith, West London students were greeted by volunteers from Virgin Group who signed them in using the fantastic video calling gadget on the ground floor. This was their first taste of the innovative technology used by Virgin Group to aid communication throughout the business.

Upstairs in the boardroom, students were set their own technology-themed challenge: to design a gadget that would solve a day-to-day problem faced by Virgin Group employees. They listened carefully whilst gathering their market research, which involved a tour of the offices. On each floor they visited, students explored each department and conducted a series of one-to-one interviews to find out more about the problems each employee faces.

Back in the boardroom, students worked in teams to design a gadget that would solve the problems they had discovered. They really aimed high, with most teams choosing to solve multiple problems with a single gadget!

The Results:

At the end of a busy and inspiring day, students presented their gadget designs to the judges from Virgin Group. The volunteers were impressed by their creativity and thoughtfulness in trying to solve different problems. Designs ranged from a robot that produces glasses of water to a voice-activated pen that writes in multi-coloured ink.

Students demonstrated that they could work together with new friends and be resilient in the face of face-paced challenges.

What they said:

  • “They thought really hard about the problems they were trying to solve.” – Teacher, Kingsbury Green Primary
  • “I’m so impressed with their designs – they came up with ideas I’d never have thought of!” – Volunteer, Virgin Group
  • “We’ve got better at sharing ideas because we listened to the feedback from the volunteers and tried to get better.” – Student, Kingsbury Green Primary

Thanks to Virgin Group for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from Kingsbury Green Primary 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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