The School: Our Lady’s RC Sports College

In their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise, Our Lady’s have begun to apply their enterprise skills not just in school but outside the classroom too. These 4 teams of Year 9 students entered the impressive Piccadilly Place for the first time, to apply their Problem Solving and Leading skills to the world of work. With excitement and anticipation, the students dived head first into today’s challenge, meeting and greeting the eager civil servant volunteers.

The Business: The Civil Service, Manchester

The Civil Service does the practical and administrative work of government. More than half of all civil servants provide services direct to the public. The Civil Service provides services directly to people all over the country, including: paying benefits and pensions, running employment services, running prisons, issuing driving licences. They also have staff working on policy development and implementation, including analysts, project managers, lawyers and economists. Today, The Insolvency Service in Manchester was the host for a stretching HR challenge.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The Year 9 students worked in teams to learn about the role of Human Resources with the support of volunteers from across The Insolvency Service and the DfE. They were then set the task of recruiting new staff members to join departments within an expanding organisation, meaning it was vital to be Aiming High as they were challenged to take part in the fast-paced, aptly-named Recruitment Race.

The Results:

Before discussing characteristics of a ‘perfect employee’, the teams took a tour of the The Insolvency Service’s Offices to see where the potential candidates would be working. Then after learning about the different roles, they studied CVs and used Listening and Understanding skills to find out more about the job applicants and to work successfully with each other. There were some tough decisions to be made and by Staying Positive they were able to deal with tricky budget issues and eventually decide on their chosen employees. The Civil Service employees were very impressed with the persuasive presentations the teams then delivered.

What they said:

  • “The students really enjoyed the tour. I can’t believe how many departments there are and the different jobs they do.” – Teacher, Our Lady’s
  • “The kids were brilliant, they were so engaged. Some of the questions they asked were brilliant. ” – Volunteer, The Civil Service
  • “I’m really proud of the presentations. It was great to be able to get up and show off what we had done.” – Student, Our Lady’s

Thanks to The Civil Service, Manchester for such a great trip day, and to Year 9 from Our Lady’s RC Sports College 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

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