The School:

Five Elms Primary School is in its third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Essential Skills on the ‘Future Transport’ Challenge Day in which they took part during the Autumn Term. 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 at Societe Generale.

The Business:

Societe Generale is a French multinational banking and financial services company head-quartered in Paris. They are one of the largest European financial services groups. As a universal bank, Societe Generale not only offers Retail Banking in France but also International Banking, Financial Services and Corporate and Investment Banking, worldwide. The Year 5 students were lucky enough to be joined by five Societe Generale volunteers today.


The Challenge: Lend-a-Hand

The day started off with the Five Elms students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Essential Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises at Bishops Square near Liverpool Street, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of finance and how many screens traders have!
Taking on the role of Financial Advisors, the Five Elms 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 Year 5 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.

What they said:

  • “The students had the opportunity to work with a variety of different staff members from Societe Generale which allowed them to practise their social skills and the core Enabling Enterprise skills.” – Teacher
  • “It was great they got to come into an office and see what that looks like and practise doing presentations. I never got the chance to do that at school!” – Volunteer
  • “I want to work here when I grow up and wear a suit and make lots of decisions with lots of information on my screens!” – Year 5 Student
  • “We got better at Staying Positive today as we had to encourage each other when we had tricky problems or things went wrong… and we did not give up!” – Year 5 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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