The School:

Newham-based Salisbury Primary is in its sixth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking on a broad range of Lesson-Time Projects, but also by completing whole-school Challenge Days when, for example, they investigated a mysterious crime scene, or when they launched their very own greetings card companies. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to stretch all eight of their essential enterprise skills outside the classroom, particularly putting their Staying Positive and Problem Solving to the test in the world of work, with the support from professional business volunteers.


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 Colin, Fabrizia, Josef, Lawrence and Shreeti came from a range of departments within UBS to support the budding entrepreneurs on this financial challenge.

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. Teams were savvy about getting as much advice as possible from the volunteers on how to use their skills to the best.
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:

  • “It’s great fun and the children are totally engaged. There’s a lot of organised talking going on, meaning they are always on-task. Also there’s a nice balance in the way you lead the activities, making sure it isn’t always the same people leading.” – Teacher
  • “Those kids were a credit to their school! Really well behaved and confident as well!” – Volunteer
  • “I liked how some people were shy at first but then opened up later – you could really tell the difference between the start and the end of the day.” – Volunteer
  • “I’m amazed at how much they picked from the activities!” – Volunteer
  • “This is an excellent gap that you’re filling by doing days like this – and I can say of all the school-related days I’ve volunteered on, this is the most exciting one so far!” – Volunteer
  • “I enjoyed giving advice to the family we helped today.” – Student
  • “To have a budget is good because you can save a lot of money for other things you really need, especially if there’s an emergency.” – Student
  • “We encouraged each other by sharing together and being supportive.” – 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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