The School:

Heartlands Academy is in its 6th year working with Enabling Enterprise. South Nottingham Academy is in its 3rd year. Back in school, students have been busy developing a set of eight Essential Skills through Challenge Days such as ‘Bid to Build’ or ‘A Day in Politics’.
It’s not the first time the two schools have buddied up on an enterprise challenge in the world of work, and so, on today’s trip, Year 10 students were under the spotlight as they put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

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. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available at PwC.
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 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 used their Problem Solving and Staying Positive skills to make the most sensible decisions along the way.

What they said:

  • “A really inspiring day and a great follow-on from our Year 10 ‘Bid to Build’ challenge. The session was very professionally run and the students were engaged with every task. Working in mixed teams with students from Heartlands is a great experience for the students and one they have clearly enjoyed. The employability skills they have gained from today have been so useful!” – Teacher
  • “Seeing the students grow in confidence and contribute more and more to discussions as the day went on has been fantastic – a very rewarding experience.” – Volunteer
  • “The best part of the day was speaking with the PwC volunteers about their jobs.” – 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

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