The School: SS John and Monica Primary School

SS John and Monica Primary School in Moseley are embarking on their second year of enterprise education. Year 6 pupils, who are already very familiar with the eight challenge skills, were ready to show them off in the Recruitment Race challenge!

The Business: Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham

The Chamber of Commerce has helped businesses in Birmingham grow over the last 200 years. Over 3,000 businesses are members of the Chamber. From the largest, such as Jaguar-Land Rover, to small businesses, the Chamber works with them to create more jobs in the city and campaigns for further government support.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

SS John and Monica Primary School Year 6 students began the day researching the Chamber and the different jobs there. Birmingham Chamber of Commerce later revealed they were looking to hire three highly skilled candidates to fill vacancies in their workforce. After interviewing the volunteers and creating their perfect employee, the students set up their own human resources departments to research and hire the best candidates for the job. The students needed to use their Problem Solving and Leading skills to research and understand the roles, before hiring the three best candidates.

The Results:

Each team Aimed High and Stayed Positive, Working in a Team to research the job descriptions for the three job roles. They used their Problem Solving skills to choose the best candidates and then began on their persuasive presentations. The pitches impressed the judges who commented on the excellent skill development they had seen throughout the day. All teams managed to pick the best three candidates and were very satisfied with the outcome.

What they said:

  • “Our trip to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce was exceptional. The children developed so many of the challenge skills during the day. The tasks were challenging and thought-provoking.” – Teacher, SS John and Monica Primary School
  • “The recruitment race challenge was really interesting and made the children think. It was great to see them get to grips with an important part of business and grow in confidence throughout the day.” – Volunteer, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
  • “Today was a fantastic day. We learnt about different aspects of the business which we can take away from this day.” – Student, SS John and Monica Primary School

Thanks to Birmingham Chamber of Commerce for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from SS John and Monica Primary School for coming along.

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