The School:

Manchester High School for Girls is in its 1st year working with Enabling Enterprise. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 10 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

The RBS Group operates a wide variety of banking brands offering personal and business banking, private banking, insurance and corporate finance throughout its operations located in Europe, North America and Asia and serves over 30 million customers a year. RBS group employs over 150,000 people, was founded in 1727, and has an annual revenue of £26bn.

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 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:

  • “The [RBS] volunteers and lead from Enabling Enterprise were a delight to work with. They treated the Year 10 students with respect and challenged them to work with maturity and creatively in teams. It was a very interesting and productive day.” – Teacher
  • “The enterprise volunteer workshop was an extremely valuable and enjoyable experience. We really enjoyed working with Chris to educate the girls about financial life after school. It is an important part of everyday life and it will be a valuable life lesson.” – Volunteer
  • “It has been really useful to talk to the two RBS volunteers and we’ve taken away many things that we didn’t know before coming on the trip. Firstly, finding out that working in a bank is not necessarily just to do with maths has reassured us and that there are a really wide variety of jobs available here.” – Student
  • “Today we shared ideas and analysed problems whilst discussing the pros and cons to the challenges we were given. We also listened carefully to each other to make sure we weren’t biased to one opinion and that we considered the opinions of others in our group.” – Student
  • “Confidence is key in order to show your skills. Having a positive attitude also allows you to learn new skills.” – 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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