The School:

St Augustine’s CE High School is in its sixth year working with Enabling Enterprise, whilst this was a first experience from St Michael’s Catholic College. The trip was a fantastic opportunity for Year 9 students from St Augustine’s and Year 10 students from St Michael’s to team up and put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test outside the classroom with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

PricewaterhouseCoopers (or PwC) is the world’s largest professional services firm, providing advice and support for businesses in anything from taxes to dealing with climate change. They have a wide range of clients including Debenhams, Tesco, Samsung, Sony and Barclays. They also oversee the balloting process for the Oscars!

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 PwC Embankment office, which allowed the teams to see the inner workings of the organisation, as well as incredible views out over London.
Back in the room, students took on the role of Financial Advisors and 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 on their behalf. 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 team presentations, as the PwC 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 informed decisions along the way.

What they said:

  • “Enabling Enterprise trips are always so positive for our students. I have been amazed by some of them today.” – Teacher, St Augustine’s CE High School
  • “It’s been a good session, a great chance for them to see something they wouldn’t normally see.” – Teacher, St Michael’s Catholic College
  • “I was really impressed by their maturity of discussion and their ability to work with others, including students they hadn’t met before. It was a really, really fun day. I got loads out of it!” – Volunteer
  • “I really liked having the chance to meet some other people from a different school, as well as the people who work at PwC.” – Student
  • “I feel like my Problem Solving has really improved. You realise it is all about discussion and using the information you have, working with others.” – 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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