The School:

Al-Furqan Primary School is in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by creating a new society on a far off planet in their Operation Moonbase Challenge. 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:

Aon is a global professional services firm that advises clients on the topics of risk and people. The company is a provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human resource solutions and outsourcing services. It employs 72,000 people in 500 offices in more than 120 countries and has its headquarters in London. Until 2014 Aon was the principal partner and global shirt sponsor of the Premier League team Manchester United F.C.

The Challenge: Lend-a-Hand

The day started off with the students interviewing our volunteers at AoN to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. pupils then went on a tour of the office, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of finance.
Taking on the role of Financial Advisors, pupils 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 was good for the children to have an opportunity to experience the world of work. The activities were a great example of real life situations and challenged the children to discuss and solve a number of family finance problems” – Teacher
  • “A really enjoyable experience working with EE once again at AoN. The EE skills are so import for the children in their school work and in the world of work. ” – Volunteer AoN
  • “I liked the way we are working out the different real life problems and finding out about how insurance works” – Yr 6 pupil
  • “I enjoyed getting to know some of the people in my class and getting to learn about real life problems like interest and tuition fee and budgeting” – Yr 6 pupil

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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