The School:

From the London Borough of Newham, Curwen Primary is a long-standing partner of Enabling Enterprise, in their sixth year of developing essential Enterprise Skills in their students. This has been done through a wide range of Lesson-Time Projects, trips to businesses across London, and successful Challenge Days such as their now yearly ‘Big Sell-Off’. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test outside the classroom with the support of professional business volunteers.

The Business:

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 Chelley and Alex were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs on a stretching financial challenge. Let’s find out how they got on.

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 were able to hear about a great variety of jobs available in the world of finance.
Taking on the role of Financial Advisors, students were then 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:

  • “The children were challenged, engaged, and fully immersed throughout the entire day. They’ve gained life skills – something we don’t usually teach in the school but is vital for social growth and understanding. I also think they’ve gained an understanding of resilience and problem solving in a non-classroom environment.” – Teacher
  • “It was an excellent day! The activities were pitched at the right level and it was good that real lifestyles were used. I also thought the children were really good at interacting with adults that they had never met before. There was one girl who was too shy to speak in her group at the start of the day, but by the end she came up and did the presentation in front of us: I really liked that.” – Volunteer
  • “Budgeting helps you stay positive and solve problems because that way you know what to spend your money on; and if you have enough left, you can spend it on a nice meal or a family holiday!” – Student
  • “We know we can trust each other and we can depend on each other, that’s why we didn’t mind who did what on this challenge.” – Student
  • “I like doing EE projects because it makes you feel more confident to share your ideas with your team.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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