The School: St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, based in Isleworth, are passionate about developing their enterprise skills. Teachers and children alike recognise the importance of these skills in a school setting and how they can be transferred to other settings and scenarios. In particular, pupils excel at Working in a Team and Using their Imagination in a variety of inventive and creative ways. These Year 4 children are now in their fourth year of developing their enterprise skills through EE programmes which have recently included a memorable Greetings Card challenge.

The Business: DNV GL, London

DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. They provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 15,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The students were put in teams and set the task of recruiting new staff members to join several departments within DNV GL. With a focus on Problem Solving and Leadership, the teams competed in exciting, fast-paced activities that mimicked the process of recruitment and persuasive pitching within a large organisation. The teams were joined by volunteers from DNV GL who acted as consultants to the teams, bringing their expertise to the groups they were supporting.

The Results:

The teams had to pull together whilst Listening Carefully to the candidates and job requirements, only by Working in a Team together would they be able to gather all of the information they needed. At the end of the day, after deciding who they thought was the best candidate for each job, they shared their decisions with the hiring committee who decided on the winning team.

What they said:

  • “All the volunteers were great with the children, showing patience and understanding. They genuinely encouraged the children to participate and get the most out of the day.” – Teacher, St Mary’s Isleworth
  • “They progressed a lot through the day and surprised me.” – Volunteer, DNV GL
  • “We’ve been listening carefully and taking turns.” – Student, St Mary’s Isleworth

Thanks to DNV GL for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from St Mary’s Isleworth for coming along.

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