The Schools: Al-Furqan Primary and Ss John & Monica Catholic Primary

Al-Furqan Primary School in Tyseley, Birmingham have been very keen to develop key enterprise skills in their students through projects such Community Café with Year 2, and Making Changes with Year 4. The whole school community are looking forward to an Enterprise Challenge Day later in the Summer Term. Likewise, Ss John and Monica Catholic Primary School in Moseley, Birmingham, have seen all classes get enterprising with Lesson-Time Projects and a much enjoyed Enterprise Challenge Day back in the Autumn term.

The Business: Bromford, Solihull

Bromford is a leading provider of affordable homes in the UK and owns around 28,000 properties. The company has been in the sector for over 50 years and has been recognised with numerous awards for its work to support the communities it serves. It has more than 60,000 customers across its operating area and employs 600 staff.

The Challenge: Spread The Word

Year 4 pupils from Al Furqan and Year 6 pupils from Ss John & Monica Cathloic Primary Schools arrived at Bromford, Solihull excited to learn about Bromford, its fantastic work in the social housing sector and their challenge to create a new mascot for Bromford to promote its services. They knew their enterprise skills would be put to the test and they were ready for it!

The Results:

After interviewing Bromford employees the enterprising youngsters took a tour of the organisation in which they posed some excellent questions to employees to help them in their challenge. Applying their Working in a Team and creativity skills enabled each team to design a creative and eye catching mascot to promote Bromford and its services for the community. Sharing Ideas skills came to the fore when the budding designers presented their mascots and what they had learnt about Bromford to our panel of volunteer judges.

What they said:

  • ”The children were given lots of opportunities to demonstrate and develop their challenge skills in a real working environment. Great day! Full of ideas and encouragement. An amazing opportunity to work with adults who have first-hand experience of a challenging work environment. ” – Teacher, Ss John & Monica Catholic Primary School
  • “The Enabling Enterprise teacher was really impressive and great with the children. I have not done this type of work with young children before and I loved it! ” – Volunteer, Bromford
  • “The day really helped me understand how people live and what they go through in life. It has given us all a great feeling of real life!” – Student, Ss John & Monica Catholic Primary School
  • ”It was a great opportunity for our children (and teachers) to see real people at work in a sector not connected with education. The children really enjoyed working with another school and were able to show some fantastic team working skills. ” – Teacher, Al Fuqan Primary School
  • “The day was really exciting and we’ve learnt a lot about Bromford and the jobs people can do there.” – Student, Al Furqan Primary School

Thanks to Bromford for such a great trip day, and to the children and staff from both schools or 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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