The School: St Matthew’s CofE Primary

From the borough of Hillingdon, St Matthew’s CofE are now in their fourth year of developing primary enterprise skills. Last year, they completed the Crime Scene Challenge, where they had to use their Problem Solving skills to solve a terrible crime within their school. Each year group has also been honing their skills in the classroom through a range of lesson-time projects. Today was a great opportunity for Year 3 students to put their enterprise skills to the test again, in preparation for another whole school enterprise extravaganza in July.

The Business: General Electric, London

General Electric (GE) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. As of 2016, the company operates through the following segments: Aviation, Current, Digital, Energy Connections, Global Research, Healthcare, Lighting, Oil and Gas, Power, Renewable Energy, Transportation, and Capital which cater to the needs of Financial services, Medical devices, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Software Development and Engineering industries. In 2017, GE ranked among the Fortune 500 as the thirteenth-largest firm in the U.S. by total revenue.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

The teams of HR strategists were set the challenge of filling job vacancies at GE: a new cleaner, finance manager and receptionist were needed. The six teams spent some time researching what skills and attributes the perfect GE employee might have, before carefully watching and reviewing a series of interviews by the six possible candidates. Having made the decisions, students presented their ideas to the group.

The Results:

Having supporting the students fantastically throughout the day, the GE volunteers then turned into judges for the final part of the challenge, where they were particularly impressed by the students’ confidence. Students showed fantastic Sharing Ideas skills to explain their choices, including detailed reasons why they had selected their candidate and what skills their team had demonstrated to make the decision effectively. It was a tough decision for the adults to pick the most convincing team and all involved can be delighted with the work they produced.

What they said:

  • “The children’s understanding of why teamwork is important grew. To successfully complete the tasks on time they had to listen to one another and delegate the jobs.” – Teacher, St Matthew’s CofE
  • “It’s a really great format. The pacing kept them really engaged.” – Volunteer, GE
  • “I have never experienced a view so beautiful!” – Student, St Matthew’s CofE

Thanks to GE for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from St Matthew’s CofE 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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