The School: Hobbayne Primary

Ealing-based Hobbayne Primary School are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Students from across KS1 and KS2 have already started work on their Lesson-Time Projects, including Y4 students’ fantastic ‘Brilliant Books’ project to promote reading in school by developing a scheme to support students’ reading and redesigning a reading area. They are also due to run their first Challenge Day later in the Summer Term, where students will enter the world of politics! For today’s trip, Y5 students were transformed into budding Human Resources teams for an exciting challenge in the workplace!

The Business: Hounslow Highways

Hounslow Highways is the highways service provider working on behalf of the London Borough of Hounslow, responsible for maintaining the roads, pavements and street lighting across the borough, as well as providing a number of other key services including street cleansing, winter maintenance and enforcement.
Since the Hounslow Highways contract started, they have been working hard to improve the appearance and quality of Hounslow’s streets. In recent years, they have resurfaced more than 141km of roads, renewed over 206km of pavements and installed in excess of 14,483 new LED street lights. Today, volunteers Amani, John, Rebecca and Ros were on hand to support Hobbayne’s students throughout the day with all their expertise from a range of sectors, including street cleansing, client support and environmental services.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The day started off with an extremely insightful tour of the premises, led by Mark at Hounslow Highways, where the students learnt a lot about the extensive range of vehicles, the eco-friendly ethos and the safety rules that Hounslow Highways practises. By exploring the different machinery, equipment and resources in the yard, the students gained a fuller under/standing of the work undertaken by Hounslow Highways, as well as the different roles employees play in their different jobs to ensure Hounslow Highways continues to be a successful service provider across the entire Borough.

Back in the meeting room, students were introduced to the world of Human Resources (HR) and the different roles and responsibilities of an effective HR department. The teams were then set their challenge for the day: to fill up three job vacancies at Hounslow Highways as a new cleaner, finance manager and receptionist were needed. The HR teams spent some time thinking about what skills and attributes the perfect Hounslow Highways employee might have, before carefully watching and reviewing a series of interviews: six possible candidates for the three jobs, but only one final hiring decision as a group.

The Results:

After supporting the students fantastically throughout the day, Amani, John, Rebecca and Ros formed the recruitment committee for the final part of the challenge, where they were particularly impressed by the high standard of the students’ presentation skills as well as their overall teamwork and confidence. Students explained their choices, including detailed reasons why they had selected each candidate and using persuasive language to convince the committee that they should act upon their recruitment advice. Hobbayne’s aspiring recruiters did such a great job that each student walked away with awards for the skills they showed on this challenge, as well as some fantastic goodies from Hounslow Highways!

What they said:

  • “The children were very engaged throughout the day and the challenge was well-pitched to ensure this, with great volunteers to support each team. Their confidence, responsibility and presentation skills have all been stretched and they have developed a greater awareness of the EE skills from this challenge.” – Head Teacher, Hobbayne Primary
  • “We solved our problems for the day by negotiating and compromising as we all shared our ideas. We worked in a team and listened to each other.” – Student, Hobbayne Primary
  • “I have a really good feeling from the day. It’s such an important thing for children to be doing: developing their thinking processes, being asked to give presentations, building their confidence and really understanding what it means to work in a team.” – Volunteer, Hounslow Highways
  • “I never knew there were so many jobs that you could do. I really enjoyed finding out more about what roles people have and how you can use your skills to do something you really love. It’s also helped me to understand how you get a job: I now know what to do when I have an interview!” – Student, Hobbayne Primary

Thanks to Hounslow Highways for such a great trip day, and to the Year 5 students from Hobbayne Primary School for coming along and making it so enjoyable.

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