The School: Stamford Hill Primary School

Stamford Hill Primary School, located in the borough of Haringey has been working with Enabling Enterprise for several years. Last year, they celebrated their year of enterprise activities with the Future Transport Challenge Day where teams of students were tasked with designing a brand new mode of transport to cope in a range of environments. Today, 30 of their Year 3 students became Problem Solving heroes for the employees at Argos in Holloway.

The Business: Argos, London

Argos is a British catalogue retailer operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company trades in over 750 physical stores, as well as online. With around 800 million website visits a year, it is one of the largest high street retailers online in the United Kingdom. Today was the very first time that an Argos store has hosted an Enabling Enterprise visit. Located in the training room upstairs, students were joined by 10 volunteers from retail stores across England and the Head Office in Milton Keynes. With a range of roles including Divisional Manager, General Manager, Operations Manager, Team Leaders, Customer Service Assistants, Stock Room Assistant, Division Secretary and the Learning and Development Officer, the team of volunteers were able to explain what it’s like to work at the only catalogue retailer in the UK!

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Today’s challenge saw the students taking on the role of product designers, creating an imaginative new invention to solve a problem for the employees here at Argos. The pupils needed to carry out useful market research in order to understand what gadgets the employees needed to make their lives easier. After this, the teams moved on to Sharing Ideas about different possible solutions before Working in a Team to come to a final decision.

The Results:

Aside from learning a great deal about the skills required to work in a range of roles within a large organisation, the students went away from the day with a real appreciation for what goes on beyond the shop floor at Argos. The tour into the stock room, with our very own Stock Room Assistant and the store’s General Manager to guide us around, was a fantastic experience that the students thoroughly enjoyed. By the end of the day not only had the teams designed the most imaginative gadgets but they had applied the enterprise skills to a brand new set of work-place challenges.

What they said:

  • “The students enjoyed coming to a familiar place but seeing behind the scenes. ” – Teacher, Stamford Hill Primary School
  • “It was really nice to see those nervous students not so nervous at the end of the day and know that I helped them achieve that.” – Volunteer, Argos
  • “The imagination of these children is inspiring!” – Volunteer, Argos
  • “As managers we have to hold meetings and motivate our team and I will take some things away from watching how the students managed similar activities.” – Volunteer, Argos
  • “I think we did a good job today using our imagination to come up with something new that doesn’t already exist.” – Student, Stamford Hill Primary School
  • “My favourite bit was when we got to see all the toys in the stock room!” – Student, Stamford Hill Primary School

Thanks to Argos for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from Stamford Hill Primary School 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 or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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