The School:

Lander Road is in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills and are preparing for their first Challenge Day of the academic year. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

The Royal Sun Alliance Group (or RSA) is a British multinational general insurance company that has existed in the UK for over 300 years. With head offices in London, they are now the UK’s largest commercial insurance company with a Global Network that provides services for 17 million customers. Today’s venue, the newly refurbished Liverpool office in the heart of the city. With a huge and response from the Merseyside staff, 11 volunteers stepped up to support the students through their tricky task.


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 then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of finance.
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:

  • “Some really great conversations going in in the different groups. Really high-level discussion.” – Teacher
  • “I’m so impressed with them [the students]. Some tricky concepts and decisions to make and they all helped each other out and worked so well together.” – Volunteer
  • “I really enjoyed finding out about finance and what my Mum and Dad have to do to get me good things. ” – Student
  • “I want to work here! I want to come and help people like older people and disabled people.” – 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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