The Schools: Bar Hill Primary School, Elton Primary School, Fawcett Primary, Little Paxton Primary, Thorndown Primary and Westwood Community School

Students from six different Cambridgeshire schools were specially selected to travel to the Civil Service for a competition like no other. Having researched what it takes to be a Human Resources Manager, students arrived on the day ready to show off their enterprise skills. The winning school would be chosen based on how successfully they could work in teams and solve problems – let’s find out how they got on.

The Business: Civil Service, Cambridge

With over 400,000 employees nationally, the Civil Service helps the government to develop and implement its policies as effectively as possible. Their Cambridge offices are home to employees from HMRC, Department for Education and the Legal Aid offices. Today we were lucky to be joined by 6 enthusiastic volunteers from a range of different roles across the Civil Service. We also had a surprise visit from Sir David Carter, the National Schools Commissioner.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The students worked in teams to hone their ability in two of the key enterprise skills with the support of volunteers from HMRC and DfE. The students learnt about the role of Human Resources and were set the task of recruiting new staff members to join departments within an expanding organisation, meaning it was vital to focus on Problem Solving and Leading as they were challenged to take part in the fast paced challenge.

The Results:

Using their Problem Solving and Listening Carefully skills, teams negotiated effectively to nominate their choice of candidate for each vacancy and ended the day by clearly articulating their decisions. The competition was close with each team walking away with a specific skill award to take back and share in school. Elton, Thorndown and Fawcett were Working in a Team to an exceptional level, whilst Bar Hill were Staying Positive, Westwood were Using Imagination and Little Paxton were great at Problem Solving.

What they said:

  • “The activities were tailored perfectly to their level and it kept them thinking creatively” – Teacher, Little Paxton
  • “It was such an enjoyable experience last time I volunteered and gives me something back, so I decided to volunteer again”– Volunteer, Civil Service
  • “A problem we had was trying to all decide on one thing together; we solved it on the end by talking together and listening to each other” – Student, Elton

Thanks to HMRC and DfE at the Civil Service for such a great trip day, and to students from Cambridge for coming along.

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