The School: Dairy Meadow Primary School

Dairy Meadow are passionate about enterprise education. This academic year, they have not only put all their enterprise skills to the test in a whole-school Crime Scene Investigation; they are also developing students’ key enterprise skills such as Sharing Ideas and Using Imagination through Lesson-Time Projects. One of Year 4’s projects is ‘Number Crunching’, where students design and create their very own chocolate brand.

The Business: Waitrose, Edgware Road, London

Waitrose is a chain of supermarkets, which forms the food retail division of Britain’s largest employee-owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership. Waitrose has 322 branches across the UK and was founded in 1904 by Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose and David Taylor. Waitrose began as a small grocery store, Waite, Rose & Taylor, in Acton, West London.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The students spent the day working as part of the Waitrose Human Resources department. At the start of the day, Waitrose revealed they were looking to hire three highly skilled candidates to fill vacancies in their workforce. After interviewing the volunteers and creating their perfect employee, the students set up their own recruitment firms to research and hire the best candidates for the job. The students needed to use their Problem Solving and Leading skills to research and understand the roles, before hiring the three best candidates. The volunteers from Waitrose, Edgware Road gave insights into how the company is structured, before helping them to prepare for their presentation in front of the judging panel.

The Results:

Each team was Aiming High and Stayed Positive whilst Working in a Team to research what makes a perfect Waitrose employee, as well as what skills someone would need to full the three vacancies. They used their Problem Solving skills to choose the best candidates and then began on their persuasive presentations. The pitches impressed the judges and the volunteers were treated to the fantastic Sharing Ideas skills on display. All teams managed to pick the best three candidates and were very satisfied with the outcome.

What they said:

  • “The students gained an opportunity to practice and further develop enterprise skills; especially Working in a Team, Listening Carefully and Problem Solving. It provided a real insight into Waitrose and what is involved in the day to day running of the store.” – Teacher, Dairy Meadow Primary School
  • “It was so tricky to pick a winner. They were all fantastic and a real credit to their school and teachers.” – Volunteer, Waitrose
  • “We worked on Problem Solving today by thinking of ways to make decisions when we didn’t agree, instead of arguing!” – Year 4 Student, Dairy Meadow Primary School

Thanks to Waitrose, Edgware Road for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Dairy Meadow Primary for coming along.

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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