The School: Bridge Academy, Hackney

Bridge Academy have been working in partnership with UBS and Enabling Enterprise for a number of years to develop key enterprise skills. It was Year 10’s turn to shine during this challenge as they took on task of working in teams to set up their very own social enterprise to tackle different problems within society. The Year 10s were lucky enough to be supported by seven UBS volunteers who spend the day in different classrooms answering questions and sharing their own experiences about the world of work.

The Challenge: Social Entrepreneur

In groups, students came together to research existing social enterprise organisations, before learning more about current issues troubling their local community. Once problems had been discussed teams then mind mapped a variety of solutions to help solve many of these difficult issues. Groups then gather feedback on the potential pros and cons of their ideas in mini-focus groups before agreeing on the one they would take forward. Once decisions were made, students set to work devising mission statements, logos and thorough business plans.

The Results:

It was clear to see that every class was buzzing with innovative ideas for their social enterprise. Working alongside their UBS volunteers the students carefully crafted a range of promotional materials such as: posters, business cards and badges which would soon be used to attract interest in their organisation. After lunch, groups were set the final task of writing an elevator pitch to promote their social enterprise during an exciting community trade fair. UBS volunteers explained how they were ‘impressed’ by many of the ideas they’d seen and the ‘level of professionalism’ across different classrooms.

What they said:

  • “I watched my groups demonstrate very good use of problem solving as they had to think ahead to generate solutions to avoid possible setbacks their enterprise may face.’’- Teacher, Bridge Academy
  • ”We’ve learnt that we’re most successful when everyone comes together in the team.’’- Student, Bridge Academy
  • ”What struck me the most was how some of the natural leaders worked to be inclusive to ensure everyone was included.’’- Volunteer, UBS

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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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