The School: Chesterton Primary

Year 1 and 2 children from Chesterton Primary School in Cambridge have already been busy at school completing their Gallery Opening and Community Café enterprise projects as well as the whole school taking part in the Crime Scene investigation Challenge Day earlier in the year. Today was a fantastic opportunity for the children to put their enterprise skills to the test in a real life professional environment.

The Business: Rathbones, Cambridge

Today, Rathbones is one of the UK’s leading providers of investment management services for private clients, charities and professional advisers. In 1742, William Rathbone II founded the business as a Liverpool-based timber trading business. In the early 20th Century, trading operations were ceased. Over time, the organisation shifted towards a focus on tax and trust services, investment management and financial planning. The Cambridge office is currently awaiting an extension to their office space and meeting rooms, offering the perfect context for today’s exciting business trip activity.

The Challenge: Wonderful Office Workspace (WOW) Challenge

After finding out about what investing money is all about, the children found out about their task for the day – to redesign the office space to make it, not only a functional working environment for the Rathbone employees but also, a fun and engaging place to work in order to get the best out of the working day. This task required each team to work together, share their ideas and come up with some creative suggestions which were then pitched to the Rathbone volunteers in an attempt to be chosen as the winning team. Having a tour of the office space and speaking to the employees offered them a great insight into the world of work and how the skills they have practiced at school are used in the real world.

The Results:

It was amazing to see how well the children worked in their teams, with support from the professional volunteers. Each team certainly put their imagination to the test when coming up with ideas, such as a chocolate room as a treat for employees to relax in and a slide that links one end of the office to another for easy movement between departments. The volunteers were certainly extremely impressed with their imaginative ideas, their ability to communicate effectively as a team and brilliant behaviour throughout the day.

What they said:

  • “It was great to see the children that are usually quiet at school get so involved in group discussions and explaining their ideas to the volunteers. They have all left with a super understanding of the world of work” – Teacher, Chesterton Primary School
  • “There’s been a great balance of fun and creativity today, but they have also learnt about what actually goes on in an office. A really enjoyable day!” – Volunteer, Rathbones
  • “I really liked going on a tour of the offices and seeing all the different areas, especially the gym. I also enjoyed speaking to the people that work here about their job.” – Student, Chesterton Primary School

Thanks to Rathbones for such a great trip day, and to Years 1and 2 from Chesterton Primary for coming along.

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