The School: Fryent Primary School

Fryent Primary are in their second year of their Enabling Enterprise projects. They have been developing Enterprise Skills in school with Challenge Days such as ‘Creative Spaces‘ and most recently ‘Level Up!‘. Today was an opportunity for the students to hone their Problem Solving and Working in a Team skills further still and build aspirations to succeed in the world of work.

The Business: Waitrose, Edgware Road, London

Waitrose is a chain of supermarkets which forms the food retail division of Britain’s largest employee-owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership. Waitrose has over 300 branches across the UK and was founded in 1904 by Wallace Waite, Arthur Rose and David Taylor. Waitrose began as a small grocery store, Waite, Rose & Taylor, in Acton, West London.

Today, we were joined by volunteers from two different branches and a range of job roles.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

After Using Imagination to come up with a unique team name, teams learnt about what goes on at Waitrose and the different job roles available. Teams took on the role of Human Resources and were set the task of recruiting two new members of staff at Waitrose: a cleaner and a receptionist. Their Problem Solving and Working in a Team skills were tested as they designed their perfect employee, looked at job descriptions and analysed a set of interviews.

The Results:

The students were quick to identify key information from each job description and draw out the best qualities shown from the candidate interviews. Teams discussed effectively to nominate their choice of candidate for each vacancy. Over the course of the day, it was great to see the teams using their Problem Solving skills to ask the volunteers and adults from the school anything they were unsure of; they also made excellent use of their keyword sheets to help them with some tricky new vocabulary. The challenge concluded with presentations from all teams, who were awarded in the Sharing Ideas, Working in a Team and Staying Positive categories, while the overall winning team was commended for their confidence and excellent eye contact in their presentation.

What they said:

  • “They have left with a much better understanding of what goes into a job, the different skills and responsibilities. We do a lot of teamwork back in class and it’s great to see the impact of that here.” – Teacher, Fryent Primary School
  • “This gives them the opportunity to try something daunting, like doing a presentation, without feeling afraid because they have their team with them – I’m really quite proud of my team in the end!” – Volunteer, Waitrose
  • “They really have helped each other, listened to each other and made sure everyone has been involved, it’s really lovely!”- Volunteer, Waitrose
  • “Teamwork is important because without it we wouldn’t have got anything done and people from all different jobs at Waitrose said that working in a team is the most important thing.” – Student, Fryent Primary School

Thanks to Waitrose for such a great trip day, and to Year 3 from Fryent 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

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