The School:

Horizon Primary in Kent is in its first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. The school is committed to developing students’ Enterprise Skills and raising aspirations through project-based learning. Later this month the whole school will be taking part in a Challenge Day where students will be designing a range of futuristic transport prototypes. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.


The Business:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual customers, small- and medium-sized businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management as well as other financial and risk management products and services.
Today a range of BofAML volunteers were on hand to support our budding entrepreneurs take on a financial challenge in the world of work.

The Challenge: Lend-a-Hand

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of finance.
Taking on the role of Financial Advisors, students were given the task of advising a client to make sensible financial decisions for a range of different life events. Teams had to put their Problem Solving skills to the test to work out the pros and cons of different suggestions. Taking the priorities and needs of the client on board, teams then worked together to suggest the best possible course of action for their client. The teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test when they realised that decisions they had made earlier on were having an impact on the advice they were giving their client later in the day.
The day culminated in teams holding a budgeting meeting with the client to share their top tips and financial advice. Volunteers watched the meeting and used their expertise to judge which team had used their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to make the most sensible decisions along the way.

What they said:

  • “Children were all engaged regardless of their abilities or their needs. I liked that the activities were based on real life situations, making it relatable. The children gained an understanding of what budgeting means and they gained a lot from being shown a workplace that they wouldn’t normally see.” – Teacher
  • “It was a lot of fun for us and you really saw how much better they got at discussion through the day.” – Volunteer
  • “We respected everyone’s opinions and we listened to everyone’s ideas in our team. We used a lot of teamwork to come up with our solutions.” – Student
  • “Sometimes when you spend your money, you’ve got to make sensible decisions otherwise it’s not gonna work out!” – Student
  • “I’d really like to work here one day!” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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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