The Schools: Victoria Primary Academy and Ebor Gardens Academy

In only their first year working with Enabling Enterprise, these students from Victoria Primary Academy, a Wellspring Academies School are experiencing for the first time what it is like to challenge yourself in a real-life business setting. Back at school they are readying themselves to take part in an exciting Crime Scene Challenge Day later next week.

The Business: HM Civil Service, Leeds

At the heart of our nation, the Civil Service employ nearly half a million people across the country. They are responsible for the delivery of the government’s policies in the UK. Today the students were hosted by the Department of Health and Social Care in their office in Leeds.

The Challenge: Recruitment Race

A warm welcome from The Department of Health and Social Care awaited the enthusiastic House Teams from these Wellspring schools and within minutes points were being amassed as they demonstrated the ability to Listen Carefully finding out lots about the world of the Civil Service and the essential skills needed to specialise in Human Resources. Set the task of themselves recruiting new staff members to join departments within the organisation, it was vital to focus on Problem Solving and Leading as they were challenged to take part in the fast paced aptly named – Recruitment Race.

The Results:

The opportunity to chat to employees from across the Civil Service was seized – and all teams impressed with thoughtful questions. Indeed the 9, 10 and 11 year olds soon slipped in to the role of HR Consultants – with interview like questions being posed! A tour of the office space provided further opportunity to focus on the Enterprise Skills utilised by all employees, meaning that teams were set to begin making their own decisions to fill vacancies with candidates as they best saw fit. The sharing of ideas, analysis of information to problem solve and desire to do a great job together certainly impressed the Civil Service experts that both Victoria Primary and Ebor Gardens students would be potential job candidates in the not too distant future.

What they said:

  • “It’s great to see the students from the sister schools working together. They’ve really relished the opportunity to meet new people and challenge themselves.” – Teacher
  • “What a fantastic day. The students got so much out of it, the organisation was great and that meant a huge amount of work was packed into the day.” – Volunteer, HM Civil Service
  • “I’m really proud of how we all worked together even though we’re from different schools and we taught each other. Even though they’re year 5 and and we’re year 6 they learnt from us and we learnt something from them” – Student
  • “I loved it today and its well close to my house. I’m going to work here.” – Student

Thanks to The Department of Health and Social Care in Leeds and to the volunteers from the wider Civil Service for such a great trip day, and to Years 5 and 6 from Ebor Gardens and Victoria Primary Academies for coming along.

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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