The School:

Based in Lancashire, Morecambe Bay Community Primary School is in its third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing a set of eight Essential Skills by taking part in a Crime Scene Challenge that certainly tested their Working in a Team skills. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to stretch their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills outside the classroom, with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Ernst & Young (known as EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London. Dating back to 1849, the firm now employs over 200,000 people in more than 700 offices in 150 countries in the world. It provides assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services to companies.


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.
Back in the room, teams took on the role of Financial Advisors. They were given the task of advising a client to make sensible financial decisions for a range of different life events. Teams had to apply their Problem Solving skills to work out the pros and cons of different suggestions. Taking the priorities and needs of their client on board, teams then worked together to suggest the best possible course of action as aspiring financials. 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 maximised their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to make the most sensible decisions along the way.

What they said:

  • “The pupils have been fantastic today, they have been engaged all day and worked so well together in their teams.” – Teacher
  • “It was a pleasure to work with these children: I was amazed at how well they took on the ideas.” – Volunteer
  • “I worked with people I don’t normally work with today and I actually really enjoyed it.” – Student
  • “I don’t normally like talking in front of people, but I did today!” – 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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