The Schools: Mersey Drive, St Bernard’s, St James’s and Sunnybank Primary Schools

We invited four local primary schools to come and find out more about the work Enabling Enterprise does by taking part in a Competition Trip. St Bernard’s and St James’ were both representing the City Centre whist Sunnybank and Mersey Drive were both from Bury, just to the north of the city.

The Business: RSA, Manchester

RSA resides in the heart of Manchester’s city centre with views across the centre’s skyline and is home to a variety of different roles and departments from the in-house postal team to underwriters and auditors. RSA’s international status makes it a fantastic example of the breadth of employment opportunities offered within the financial sector and how a career in insurance can be fruitful and invigorating.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

As Stock Market Traders, the students were engaged in a fast-paced, rigorous challenge to invest a client’s money and make a significant return. Working in a Team and Listening Carefully the students were given a range of information to help them decide upon which company they would invest in to make the greatest return. It was certainly a challenge for those who quickly understood the benefit of Staying Positive and Problem Solving as the teams faced shares plummeting and challenge calculations to stay on top of their investments. The students certainly experienced the need for Enterprise Skills in the demanding world of finance.

The Results:

Following a quick succession of trades, the students were soon Sharing Ideas with the guest judges in a team presentation on what they had invested in and how they had exercised the Enterprise Skills. Working in a Team with students from different schools, the groups had clearly united throughout the day as they delivered well-planned individual speeches, seamlessly moving from one team member to another. It was evident from the multitude of points on the scoreboard that working with students they had only just met that morning only spurred them on, Aiming High to become the winning team.

What they said:

  • “A really unique opportunity for our children, I’m so proud of how well they worked today and how much progress they made.” – Teacher, Sunny Bank Primary School
  • “I was so impressed with the way the pupils worked together and supported one another in order to get the job done.” – Volunteer, RSA
  • “I’ve never done anything like this before, I was nervous at first but by the end I was proud to stand up and tell everyone what we had achieved.” – Student, St Bernard’s Primary School

Thanks to RSA, Manchester for such a great trip day, and to Years 4, 5 and 6 from Mersey Drive, St Bernard’s, St James’s and Sunnybank Primary Schools for coming along.

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