The School:

Working with us since 2015, Our Lady’s based in Blackley, are embarking on another year of challenges and skill development both in and out of school. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 9 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from Angela, Callum, Katie and Talha, our professional business volunteers from PwC.

The Business:

PricewaterhouseCoopers 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. Through excellent questioning and a room full of curious minds, the students were able to discover the great variety of jobs available at PwC.
Then, 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 were forced to adapt their ideas quickly to changing circumstances but still Aiming High throughout.
The day culminated in teams presenting the best advice for the client and their top budgeting tips. They also reflected on the Essential Skills used throughout the day and how they had been successful. Volunteers watched this 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:

  • “The day was full of interesting activities that kept pupils engaged and promoted rich discussions and skill development.” – Teacher
  • “The students were absolutely fantastic and their teamwork was outstanding – everyone was involved and there were no arguments!” – Volunteer
  • “Some of the problems we had to solve were so hard we were almost speechless! But we aimed high together to solve it” – Student
  • “We listened to each other and resolved our disagreements using the problem solving strategies we’d learned” – 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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