The School:

Malmesbury Primary School is in its 4th year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing a set of eight Essential Skills by completing a mixture of Lesson-time Projects and Challenge Days including the recent ‘Future Transport’, where they designed a wide range of hybrid vehicle prototypes fit for the next millennium.

Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

M&G is a leading investment house. With over 80 years’ experience in the UK and overseas, M&G manages assets on behalf of a wide range of investors across the UK, Europe, Asia, the Americas and South Africa. They work in offices across Europe and Asia to ensure that their clients make the most of their money.


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 presenting their decisions and their reasoning in the auditorium in front of a panel of judges and audience members made up of 10 M&G volunteers. 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:

  • “Today was well-structured and focused on the development of skills. Our students were very engaged all the way through and the chance to work with M&G volunteers was very valuable. The opportunity to tour the office, meet M&G volunteers and grow in confidence was a very inspirational experience.” – Teacher
  • “It was great to work with the students today: their presentations were very impressive – something I certainly would not have been able to do at their age.” – Volunteer
  • “The focus on core skills is so important – it’s not just the academic side which these students will need in future. They will need to communicate confidently, solve problems and collaborate – today was a great head start on these skills.” – Volunteer
  • “The best bit of today was working with my team; the hardest bit was the presentation in the big room.” – 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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