The School: Viking Primary

Ealing-based Viking Primary School are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise, embedding core enterprise education into their curriculum not only in Lesson-Time Projects but also as a whole school taking on special Challenge Days such as ‘Crime Scene’, where students investigated the case of the ‘Sugar Snatcher’. Today, a group of Year 3 students came to the neighbouring London Borough of Hounslow to put their enterprise skills to the test outside the classroom, in the world of work.

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 141km of roads, renewed 206km of pavements and installed 14,483 new LED street lights. Today Hounslow Highways volunteers Amani, Ken, Matt and Neelam were on hand to support Viking’s budding Human Resources teams as they were honing in on Problem Solving and Leading: let’s find out how they got on.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The day started off with an insightful tour led by Mark at Hounslow Highways, where the students learnt a lot about the different types of vehicles that Hounslow Highways use to provide their services, as well as the range of jobs there are in the office. The teams were then set their challenge for the day: to fill three job vacancies at Hounslow Highways as they needed a new cleaner, finance manager and receptionist. The six teams of 7 to 8 year olds 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, Neelam, Ken and Matt then turned into judges 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 highlighting the skills they have excelled in through this challenge. Viking’s aspiring recruiters did such a great job that each team and each student walked away with not just one but two certificate awards!

What they said:

  • “I like how this links really well with our project back at school.”- Teacher, Viking
  • “The children were really good at picking out the key information from listening to the candidates’ interviews.” – Volunteer, Hounslow Highways
  • “By the end of the challenge all of them got stuck in; it was great to see their teamwork evolve.” – Volunteer, Hounslow Highways
  • “I am proud of Leading my team for a bit today: that was fun!” – Student, Viking Primary

Thanks to Hounslow Highways for such a great trip day, and to the Year 3 from Viking Primary School 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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