The School: Guru Nanak Sikh Academy

Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, in the Hayes area of the London Borough of Hillingdon, is a mixed Sikh all-through school and sixth form. They are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise and students from Years 7, 8 and 9 will be developing their enterprise skills through Lesson-Time Projects in the Summer Term, where they will be working hard on a range of challenges.

Today, students from Years 6 and 7 travelled to top Management Consultancy firm Oliver Wyman in Baker Street to test their skills in the world of work, each looking to prove that they truly are ‘high-fliers’. Let’s find out how they got on.

The Business: Oliver Wyman, London

Oliver Wyman is a leading global management consulting firm who value exceptional people – people with intelligence, energy, passion, emotional sensitivity and a commitment to excellence. They specialise in helping businesses to solve their biggest challenges and, most recently, this has included the re-branding of Starbucks and McDonald’s.

Today, the team of professionals brought the world of Management Consultancy to life as they launched the teams of students on a challenge to turn around the current problems of United Jetways. Before the students became Management Consultants themselves, it was essential that they first interview the real professionals to find out more about their jobs and the skills required to carry out their roles.

The Challenge: High Fliers

The children were set the challenge of creating a marketing campaign and re-branding for United Jetways in order to improve the finances of the struggling airline. Teams left their student identities and became Management Consultants, with imaginative company names such as Dragon’s Dream, Blazing Wymans, Creative Heroes and F.I.R.E.!

Oliver Wyman’s newest consultants set to work; they first identified target audiences from families to business people and students to elderly people. From this moment on, it was clear that the room was full of creative consultants as their ideas to drum up sales included posters with eye-catching images and superb slogans. Both the experienced and the aspiring Management Consultants were clear that the key was to ask lots of questions and to really target their markets in order to solve problems for existing companies. For example, teams targeting families included complimentary toys and play areas on board, whilst business clients and regular travellers could benefit from quick replacements for last-minute cancellations.

The Results:

There were fantastic ideas from all the teams, with slogans such as ‘Dream. Plan. Fly.’, ‘Jump Into a World of Imagination’, ‘Anywhere, Anytime’ and ‘Be the One to Have the Fun!’. The new Management Consultants had clearly understood their project brief and were able to consider their target audiences in order to improve the airline company and look at ways of increasing revenue through in-flight sales which catered for their passengers’ needs. The day culminated in presentations to the panel of judges from Oliver Wyman to see who had met the brief successfully. The students not only demonstrated fantastic creativity, but also great teamwork and maturity in delivering their presentations.

What they said:

  • “It’s been great to take a step back and see the students differently; some of those from my class have shown me a different side today, coming out of themselves and really contributing in a team of mixed students. It’s great to hear the professionals praising their imagination and creativity because they don’t always have the chance to show this.” – Teacher, Guru Nanak Sikh Academy
  • “Our team has really been using its imagination and thought outside the box. We also stayed positive the whole way through, even when things got tricky and we were running out of time to put all our ideas in place!” – Student, Guru Nanak Sikh Academy
  • “They are so creative! I’ve loved listening to their ideas and they’ve inspired me to think more creatively in my future projects.” – Volunteer, Oliver Wyman
  • “We’ve made most progress in working as a team because we have shared ideas and merged them. Everyone led and took a role and we have aimed high to do our best throughout the day.” – Student, Guru Nanak Sikh Academy

Thanks to Oliver Wyman for a great trip day, and to the students from Years 6 & 7 at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy 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

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