The School: Summerfield Junior and Infant School

Summerfield Junior & Infant School in Winson Green, Birmingham have been developing their enterprise skills through a wide range of Lesson Time Projects, Challenge Days and Business Trips. On their latest Challenge Day their Using Imagination and Sharing Ideas skills were put to the test as they designed a new, futuristic mode of transport. Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils were keen to put their skills to the test on a new challenge; this time in the world of work at Capgemini.

The Business: Capgemini, Birmingham

With more than 180,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

After Using Imagination to come up with a recruitment-related team name, pupils in their mixed teams developed their enterprise skills with the support of volunteers from the Capgemini team. The pupils learnt about the role of Human Resources and were set the task of recruiting new staff in the organisation. Their Problem Solving, Listening carefully and Leading skills came to the fore as they were challenged to take part in the fast paced and aptly named – Recruitment Race!

The Results:

The pupils used their Working in a Team and Listening Carefully skills to identify key information from each job description and candidate interview. They negotiated effectively in their teams to nominate their choice of candidate for each vacancy. The day concluded with presentations from all teams and everybody was able to clearly articulate their decision to appoint each candidate. Teachers and volunteers agreed about the high quality of the presentations and noted the clear and persuasive language used by all teams.

What they said:

  • “They’ve used their imagination to think deeper than normal when making decisions. I’ve seen some really good leadership from them. ” – Teacher, Summerfield Junior and Infant School
  • “I didn’t do anything like this when I was at school. It’s really good for them to learn about skills and employment. It’s been a good chance for me to do something different and give something back. ” – Volunteer, Capgemini
  • “We found the challenge easier than we first thought because we worked together as a team and solved problems by voting.” – Student, Summerfield Junior and Infant

Thank you to Capgemini for such a great trip day, and to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from Summerfield Junior and Infant School for coming along.

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