The School: Wendell Park Primary School

Students at Wendell Park in Chiswick, West London have been honing their enterprise skills for three years; last year, students took part in the Crime Scene Challenge Day and applied their Aiming High and Problem-Solving skills whilst taking on the role of police detectives! Just last week, they were also Using Imagination and Working in a Team as they planned their new societies on a distant moon.

Today, students from Years 4 and 6 were specially selected to go on a trip to international bank UBS and stepped into the world of financial trading for a brand new challenge.

The Business: UBS, London

UBS is a global bank, providing services in over 50 countries. Specialising in Wealth Management and Global Asset Management, they provide services for high net worth individuals and private, corporate, and institutional clients all over the world. Worldwide, UBS employs 60,099 people who speak more than 130 languages and are citizens of 135 countries. Today, Natasha from Accounting and Tracey from Human Resources were on hand to offer expert advice to the budding entrepreneurs as they faced the trading challenge.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

Students began the day researching about UBS, their employees and the skills they use in their day-to-day jobs. They demonstrated excellent Listening Carefully skills and they took copious notes whilst the volunteers shared new information about the world of finance. They then went on an exciting tour lead by Chris, another UBS volunteer. They travelled up to the tenth floor to see the fantastic views and observe the different teams at work, including Wealth Management and Investment Management, before a trip to the Operations floor, where busy trade deals were being expertly tracked and recorded.


Back in the boardroom, teams got to work as UBS’s newest trading teams! They met their client, researched companies and made investment decisions. As breaking news from the stock market was announced, teams Stayed Positive as they made tough financial decisions under pressure – just like real life traders!

The Results:

At the end of a hectic day in the world of financial trading, teams calculated their returns and demonstrated excellent Sharing Ideas skills as they presented back to their client and the panel of judges from UBS. Each group really Worked as a Team to support each other during the presentations, as they had done throughout the day. Students reflected on what they had learnt about stock market trading and the skills needed to do the job successfully.

What they said:

  • “It has been a really fantastic day and a great experience for all the children (and the adults). The whole trip was extremely enjoyable and well-organised. The children have gained a huge amount from the day, particularly in their aspirations – I overheard several saying that they would like to work here! It has opened their eyes to the many possibilities out there.” – Teacher, Wendell Park Primary
  • “This was such a fun and engaging way to do Maths… most of the children were just solving problems and using a range of numeracy techniques and skills without even realising it was Maths! They have worked in a team brilliantly and I loved seeing how much they supported each other and encouraged their team mates to complete their tasks.” – Volunteer, UBS
  • “You need to stay positive to be a good trader. It’s not easy and the information comes at you very fast, so you’ve got to make quick decisions.” – Student, Wendell Park

Thanks to UBS for such a great trip day, and to Years 4 and 6 from Wendell Park Primary for coming along and making it so enjoyable.

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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