The School: Trinity Primary Academy

Having just completed their first whole-school Challenge Day, Year 6 students from Trinity Primary, in Haringey, had the opportunity to practise their enterprise skills in front of real-life professionals. After half-term they will be developing them further during their Enterprise Week, when the children will be immersing themselves in Lesson Time Projects such as “Legal Eagles” and “Community Café”.

The Business: NatWest

National Westminster Bank Plc, commonly known as NatWest, is the largest retail and commercial bank in the United Kingdom. Since 2000 it has been part of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, ranked among the top 10 largest banks in the world by assets. Today, volunteers from HR and Corporate Finance were on hand to answer questions and to give the children some valuable insight into their job.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

NatWest revealed they were looking to hire three highly skilled candidates to fill vacancies in their workforce. After interviewing the volunteers and creating the perfect NatWest employee, the students set up their own human resources departments to research and hire the best candidates for the job. The students needed to use their Problem Solving and Leading to research and understand the roles, before hiring the three best candidates.

The Results:

Each team Aimed High and Stayed Positive, Working in a Team to research the job descriptions for the three job roles. They used their Problem Solving skills to choose the best candidates and then began on their persuasive presentations. The pitches impressed the judges who commented on the excellent presenting skills they had seen throughout the day, especially noting the students’ ability to use their voices to dramatic effect and to capture the audience’s attention with ease. All teams picked three different candidates but produced equally compelling cases.

What they said:

  • “Having their qualities recognised by people who are not familiar to them provided my class with a huge confidence boost.” – Teacher, Trinity Primary Academy
  • “It made the kids more commercially aware through a different type of learning that they seemed to adore.” – Volunteer, NatWest
  • “We learnt to resolve problems as a group by discussing them and then voting.” – Student, Trinity Primary Academy

Thanks to NatWest for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Trinity Primary Academy 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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