The School:

St Mary’s CofE Primary School is in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in Lesson Time Projects as well as the ‘Future Transport‘ Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

RSA is one of the world’s leading multinational quoted insurance groups. They provide insurance and risk management for businesses and individuals across the globe. Focusing on general insurance, they have around 23,000 employees worldwide.


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:

  • “What a great day. It’s been such a good opportunity for the pupils and their understanding of personal finances has really increased.” – Teacher
  • “I’ve been really impressed with the kids. The decisions they made and the way they talked things through in their teams was incredible. This is what they need.” – Volunteer
  • “I’m going to go home and do a budget with my dad. I reckon we can afford two holidays this year.” – Student
  • “I’ve loved working with my friends today. I want to work here!” – 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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