The School: Brimsdown Primary

Brimsdown Primary School is in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Last year the whole school took on a ‘Day in Politics’ where students created their very own political parties from scratch in order to tackle big society problems and aimed high to get elected – all in a school day! This year, to kick off their enterprise education programme, today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business: UBS

UBS is a global bank, providing services in over 50 countries. Specialising in Wealth Management and Global Asset Management they provide services for high net worth individuals, private, corporate, and institutional clients all over the world. Worldwide, UBS employs 60,099 people who speak more than 130 languages and are citizens of 135 countries.
Today volunteers Sally, Vanessa, Malwina, Xavier, Chris, Melissa, Lauren and Stuart were on hand to support the budding entrepreneurs as they took on a stretching challenge in the world of finance.

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. The Brimsdown students were eager to take in all the priceless advice from the professionals on Problem Solving and Staying Positive and competition was high between the teams as enterprise points filled up the scoreboard rapidly.
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. All teams were clearly Staying Positive in the face of life events, which had 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 enterprise skills to the highest standard in order to make the most sensible decisions along the way.

What they said:

  • “An excellent day. The children gained so much and it was wonderful to see interactions with the adults from UBS. It gave them an opportunity to explore the concepts of a ‘budget’ with help from real experts in the field. The setting and seeing the ‘bank’ at work was a real inspiration for a lot of the students. Far better than doing it in a school setting. The task was very well pitched and all the students really enjoyed the day and learnt a lot, including all-important life skills.” – Teacher
  • “The way they think is really inspirational: it makes you see the world in a different way!” – Volunteer
  • “I was impressed by how children were considerate about society, about parents and relatives, thinking about their future.” – Volunteer
  • “I am proud of my team for the decisions we made today. Choose us because we are the best finance advisors in town!” – 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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