The School: Our Lady’s Catholic Primary

The team of teachers at Our Lady’s Catholic Primary school in Kitts Green, Birmingham are already thinking ahead to the summer term and the engaging enterprise projects they are going to be working on with their classes. Having successfully taken part in an exciting enterprise week last year and a whole-school challenge day, the mixed group of Year 3 and 4 children who joined us at Unity Trust Bank for their first workplace visit were certainly eager to get enterprising!

The Business: Unity Trust Bank, Birmingham

Unity Trust Bank, located in Brindley Place, Birmingham specialise in working with organisations and businesses that aim to create community, social or environmental benefit in a financially sustainable way. They seek to put social change at the heart of everything they do by offering specialist banking and finance to organisations that have a positive impact on their communities.

The Challenge: Wonderful Office Workspace

Greeted by volunteers from Unity Trust Bank the children very quickly assumed the role of young professionals and set to work to form their own companies tasked with a very special challenge. Taking a tour of the offices, Lending Officer, Claire and Human Resources Director, Julia shared an insight into the work of the bank, their jobs and the skills they need to use. Armed with valuable information, it was then back to the boardroom to come up with creative design ideas to revamp the office space. Teams needed to solve any problems identified and make sure all the necessary equipment would be available to employees, so that they could continue to do a great job.

The Results:

Throughout the day, each team demonstrated a real desire to do a super job, so when CEO, Margaret Willis joined the group to hear their presentations, there were already many points on the scoreboard!

What they said:

  • “The mixed age teams have really impressed us – seeing all of the children, even the usually quieter ones contribute so positively to the day has been really lovely. The way they have used their teamwork and leadership skills has been just brilliant.” – Learning and Teaching Assistant, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School
  • “This is my first Enabling Enterprise volunteering experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s so important for children to know the skills needed in the workplace and I feel they have certainly taken something away from the experience.’ – Volunteer, Unity Trust Bank
  • “I want to work here. I think I have the skills. I might even be the CEO one day! “- Student, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

Thanks to Unity Trust Bank for such a great trip day, and to the children and staff from Our Lady’s Catholic 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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