The Schools:

We were joined today by teams of Key Stage 3 students from three local schools: John Cabot Academy, Redland Green School and Beechen Cliff School. Today’s enterprise competition was a fantastic opportunity for students from Years 7 to 9 to compete against each other using a set of eight essential skills, including Being Creative and Presenting. The students put those skills to the test in the world of work with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is a non-ministerial department of the UK Government responsible for the collection of taxes, the payment of some forms of state support, and the administration of other regulatory regimes including the national minimum wage.

The Challenge: Marketing Moguls

The day started off with the 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, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs across the organisation.
Students took on the role of a consultancy firm advising HMRC on improving staff wellbeing and the working environment, including designing a new office chair. Teams first undertook crucial market research to find out what features and benefits the employees wanted before Using Imagination to design a brand new chair. It was really important that students were Sharing Ideas with each other so that they could come up with the most creative and innovative design. Next up, teams considered other ideas to help improve the office environment.
The day culminated in teams Presenting their design and ideas to a panel of judges in the hope that they could persuade them that their chair was the one to buy.

What they said:

  • “It was a great day. It is so valuable for students to visit a working environment and speak to people from different professions.” – Teacher
  • “The students learnt many transferable skills and really gained confidence from the day.” – Volunteer
  • “It was really good today to visit a real workplace.” – Student
  • “We worked really well as a team. I can’t believe I stood up and presented in front of people I don’t know!” – 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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