The School:

E-Act Blackley is in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in the ‘Operation: Moonbase‘ Challenge Day earlier this academic year. 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:

National Westminster Bank Plc, commonly known as NatWest, is the largest retail and commercial bank in the United Kingdom. Since 2000 it has been part of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, ranked among the top 10 largest banks in the world by assets. Today’s venue, the impressive corporate offices in the Spinningfields area of Manchester.

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:

  • “It’s been brilliant to just sit back and observe them. Some have just shocked us. One of the girls is so quiet in the classroom and look at her, she’s getting involved and organising her team. It’s great.” – Teacher
  • “It’s funny to think that what they are doing is exactly the kind of thing we had to do when joining RBS. The things you [EE Staff] are looking for and giving points out for is exactly the kinds of things that employers are looking for.” – Volunteer
  • “I’m really proud of my team, especially [other student in same team]. He never says anything in class and he’s done loads today. I really enjoyed working with everyone in my team and I don’t normally.” – Student
  • “I’m really proud of [first student] because normally they don’t stop talking but they let everyone have a go and helped us when it got hard.” – 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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