The School:

Bartley Green School is in its first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing a set of eight Essential Skills through two Challenge Days as a year group – ‘Operation: Moonbase’ and, more recently, the Chocolate Challenge.

Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 9 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test outside the school environment and apply those skills in a workplace context with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Deutsche Bank is German global banking and financial services company which employs over 8,000 people in the UK.Deutsche Bank was founded in Berlin in 1870 to help businesses trade with businesses in other countries.

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 prestigious Deutsche Bank office including the trading floor, 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 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:

  • “I would sum up the day as fascinating, educative and accessible. The tasks were really tightly focussed and real life so it ensured pupils were engaged and challenged throughout. Fantastic facilitation with a very fast pace and energy to keep pupils thinking and developing those skills. The impact was a huge increase in confidence, ability to work in a professional environment and further development of their creative problem solving and teamwork skills.” – Emma Downes, Assistant Headteacher
  • “It’s been a brilliant day! I’ve been very impressed with the students’ teamwork, the development of confidence throughout the day and ability to act on feedback from us. After we finished the last task which was particularly stretching, one student asked me ‘Would you hire us based on that?’ My answer was a resounding YES – they were excellent!” – Volunteer
  • “I think today was great for both sides; coaching others is a part of my role and today was an opportunity to practise this skill. For example not giving students the answer but prompting them with questions.” – Volunteer
  • “For me the best part about today was building up skills that I would need in the future such as presenting, leading and developing my confidence.” – Student
  • “The best thing about today was the tour and the trading floor.” – 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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