The School:

Farley Junior is in their second academic year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills through a fast-paced ‘Day in Politics’ Challenge Day and they will soon be commencing their own lesson-time projeccts. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Problem Solving and Sharing Ideas skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Hilton Worldwide is one of the largest and fastest growing hospitality companies in the world, with more than 5,000 hotels, resorts and timeshare properties comprising more than 758,000 rooms in 100 countries and territories. The volunteers involved in today’s trip were from a wide variety of departments including legal, development management, e-commerce, sales and supplies; truly representative of the range of jobs within Hilton.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

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 and to learn some valuable information about different departments.
The challenge for the students was to take on the role of a Human Resources team for Hilton and decide on some new recruits for the hotel chain. First of all, they learned about the different jobs on offer and the different skills the right candidate would need to be successful in the role of a receptionist, cleaner and finance manager. They then needed to use their Problem Solving to match potential candidates to each job, thinking carefully about matching the right candidate to the right position based on their skills and past experience. It was really important that students were Sharing Ideas with each other so that they could come up with the most convincing reasons to hire each candidate.
The day culminated in teams pitching their choices to a panel of judges in the hope that they could persuade them that their Human Resources team was most effective in applying the Enterprise Skills.

What they said:

  • “I will definitely be using what they have experienced today to give context to their learning back in school.” – Teacher
  • “The most important skill is Listening Carefully. Without this, you cannot be successful in any of these jobs.” – Volunteer
  • “There are some people who would be good at any of the jobs because they have some really good skills.” – Student
  • “I think I would be a good receptionist in the future as I really like talking to different people and communicating with them.” – Student
  • “The presentations were very impressive. They tried different ways of introducing themselves and were confident throughout.” – Volunteer

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

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