The School: Gilbertstone Primary School

Gilbertstone Primary School, in South Yardley Birmingham, an Enabling Enterprise Partner School for four years have provided all students with opportunities to learn, develop and enhance their essential enterprise skills through a variety of lesson time projects, trips out of school on business visits and challenge days, their most recent of which, Future Transport, involved all children from their Early Years and Foundation Stage to Year 6.

The Business: Aon, Birmingham

Aon is a leading global provider of risk management, insurance brokerage and reinsurance brokerage, human resources solutions and outsourcing services.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The group of Year 6 students, arriving from Gilbertstone with a wealth of enterprise experiences to draw from were excited to find out more about Aon and how they were to be challenged during this special workplace visit. A super tour of the premises and the opportunity to speak to enthusiastic Aon employees really supported Enabling Enterprise’s desire for students to make links between what they are learning in school and the workplace. Challenged to invest the hard earned money of a special client, teams needed show they could Listen Carefully, take account of fluctuations occurring on the ‘stock market’ and make sound decisions for the benefit of their client.

The Results:

The fast paced challenge certainly tested all of the young entrepreneurs – they needed to dig deep, using their Problem Solving skills and demonstrating their ability to stay positive as markets fluctuated. Utilising their Maths knowledge from school effectively, all teams were able to check their calculations, confident their client would be more than happy with the return on their investment! Aon volunteers were clearly impressed throughout the day, as enterprise points were awarded and the content of final presentations by all teams certainly put a smile on everyone’s faces.

What they said:

  • “I can clearly see the children using the enterprise skills we focus on in school. It’s been a great opportunity. They are all engaged and really enjoying it – I am too!” – Deputy Head Teacher, Gilbertstone Primary School
  • “I’ve learned lots myself! I would certainly volunteer again…these children have really impressed me!” – Volunteer, Aon Birmingham
  • “Thank you for this trip…I’ve had a great day. It’s all been fun. I loved it when we were investing on the stock market!” – Student, Gilbertstone Primary School

Thanks to Aon Birmingham for such a great trip day, and to Years 6 students and staff from Gilbertstone Primary School for your energy and enthusiasm throughout.

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