The School:

Five Elms Primary School is in their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills ready for their upcoming Challenge Day in November. Last year, the whole school took part in an exciting double Challenge Day, developing skills across all year groups. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Established in 1924, MFS is an active, global asset manager with investment offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. They employ a uniquely collaborative approach to build better insights for our clients. Their investment approach has three core elements: integrated research, global collaboration and active risk management.

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. A particular highlight was seeing the trading floor and tracking the price of the stock and shares across multiple screens.
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:

  • “This was a great opportunity for the students to learn about different jobs and be introduced to the business world. The students were constantly engaged and interested in the tasks, which challenged them to use a variety of skills. Overall, it was an excellent learning experience.” – Teacher
  • “Today was so great because schools don’t really teach young people about this kind of stuff. We were having some excellent conversations about budgeting and the children were asking such great questions. I certainly didn’t know about these kinds of things at their age!” – Volunteer
  • “If you don’t budget properly you can end up having lots of problems with your finances, and then maybe won’t be able to afford things.” – Student
  • “I definitely want to come and work here when I’m older.” – 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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