The School:

Ebor Gardens Academy, a Wellspring Academy Trust School, is in its first year working with Enabling Enterprise. As their first opportunity to flex their skills muscles, 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. With the Director of Bruntwood Leeds making an appearance as a guest judge, the stakes were high and the pressure was on.

The Business:

Bruntwood is a family-owned property company offering office space, serviced offices, retail space and virtual offices in the north of England and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. They own several high-profile buildings in the Manchester area, as well as in Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham. They own one-third of the office space in Manchester city centre and also donate 10% of all annual profits to arts, cultural and community charities. Today’s venue, the impressive Platform building in the heart of Leeds was the perfect setting to find a new generation of building developers and managers.


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 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 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:

  • “They did amazing today. Some of the decisions they made and the questions they came up with were brilliant. At the end they all got up and delivered really well.” – Volunteer
  • ” I’m proud of my team because we all worked really hard and helped each other out.” – Student
  • “We’re proud of our teamwork because we all worked together as a team.” – The whole of team E, in unison.

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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