The Schools:

Benedict Primary in Mitcham, are in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Essential Skills by taking part in the ‘Going Live’ project in their classrooms, where they have been designing their very own podcasts. Today, was their first opportunity to now use the 8 essential skills in the workplace.

Broadfields Primary from Barnet, are in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. This year’s cohort of Year 6 students will be taking part in a Challenge Day called ‘Business in a Day‘, where they will aim even higher than their predecessors as aspiring entrepreneurs.

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

The Business:

Societe Generale Equipment Finance (SGEF) provides vendor and equipment finance to the full breadth of the business sector. SGEF is owned by Societe Generale, an international banking group headquartered in Paris, France. The team at SGEF based in Richmond specialise in a great variety of financing schemes for equipment, from the smaller loans they offer to sole traders to multi-million pound projects. As an organisation, they are able to give excellent insights into what it’s like to work in a multinational company within the financial sector. Today, at their offices in Richmond, we were joined by the fantastic Alex, Dee, Anna and Jo.

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 Enterprise 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:

  • “A fantastic day and a really good opportunity to see our students out of their comfort zone.” – Teacher
  • “I was so impressed with their presentations and their understanding of the finance industry and keywords.” – Volunteer
  • “Today we have learnt that budgeting is important and needs you to use Problem Solving.” – Student
  • “We have used problem solving well in our team because we all came up with solutions and thought about which one was best.” – 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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