The School:

Priestmead is in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking on successful Challenge Days where, for example, when they solved a crime, or launched their very own greetings card companies. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their enterprise skills to the test outside the classroom and hone in on Staying Positive and Problem Solving with the support from professional business volunteers. Let’s see how they got on.

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 Conor, James, Lupeng, Michael, Paulo, Priya, Ran and Sumit were on hand to support the budding entrepreneurs on a stretching financial challenge.


The Challenge: Lend-a-Hand

The day started off with the students being tested right away on their teamwork skills as they were grilled on their financial knowledge about the cost of things in life. Soon after, it was time to interview the UBS volunteers, which allowed them to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs.
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:

  • “A lovely day and experience: engaging, well-paced, interesting and informative. It gave them a real life understanding of the world and more specifically of financial matters. It was an interesting approach getting the children to think about a different aspect to which they are used to.” – Teacher
  • “It was very interactive and definitely the right pace for them.” – Volunteer
  • “I liked how some children were quieter at the start but were totally confident by the end.” – Volunteer
  • “We’ve been giving financial advice to this family and we learnt how to use money wisely and not spend it on excessive things.” – Student
  • “I think budgeting helps you stay positive and solve problems by making sure you stay less stressed and you don’t need to worry if you have some savings, so don’t worry!” – Student
  • “After today I might either become a skydiver or work for UBS.” – 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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