The Schools:

Taverham High in Norwich and Bottisham Village College in Cambridgeshire both entered 2 teams of 5 students to our KS3 Enterprise Competition. The winning team would be chosen based on how successfully they could demonstrate excellent Leading through recognising the strengths and interests of their team mates; alongside developing clear strategies for Problem Solving such as using research to gather all the information they needed to make some crucial decisions.

The Business:

The Civil Service helps the government of the day develop and implement its policies as effectively as possible. These offices include The Department for Local Government, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Today we were joined by Robert, Ahsan, Susan, Nickie and Ian who were each able to share their experiences of working within different departments and roles within the Civil Service.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

Having met the volunteers and learned of the diverse work undertaken at the Civil Service, the teams were introduced to the role of a Human Resources Manager and the influences they have when recruiting staff, offering training and development, retaining staff and managing payroll and staff disputes.
Today’s challenge encouraged the teams to show their Problem Solving and Leading skills by CV sifting, interviewing and budget planning to select three candidates from six for the roles of Cleaner, Receptionist and Finance Manager.
Deciding upon their salaries and employee benefits to ensure they secured their chosen candidate proved to be a test of their ability at Aiming High and Working in a Team. The teams negotiated different options and made their final decisions to lead them into presenting their choices to a panel of HR Directors.

What they said:

  • “This has encouraged some really interesting conversations about the links between their interests, skills and qualifications and their future career aspirations.” – Teacher
  • “I am so impressed by their professional maturity. I would hire some of them today!” – Volunteer
  • “We have developed our leadership during this challenge. We learnt that a leader needs to be both supportive and authoritative in order to solve problems.” – Student
  • “CV’s are important as they list your qualities, strengths and goals. You need to make them eye-catching and professional as employers only have a few seconds to look at them before making their decision.” – 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

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