The School:

Rotherhithe Primary is in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by planning their own community on the Moon. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 3 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.


The Business:

UBS is a global bank, providing services in over 50 countries. Specialising in Wealth Management and Global Asset Management they provide services for high net worth individuals, private, corporate, and institutional clients all over the world. Worldwide, UBS employs 60,099 people who speak more than 130 languages and are citizens of 135 countries. Today’s volunteers – Lucy, Tracy, Jacqui, Alice, Pierre and George were able to provide insight into the wide range of jobs available within UBS.

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. This allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of finance and to think about the similarities between skills they use at school and those needed in the workplace.
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:

  • “Today has been fantastic! It’s been great to see some children really come out of their shell and get involved.” – Teacher
  • “Even when I didn’t agree with most of my team, I stayed positive and tried to explain what I thought. When we ran out of time, I decided to go along with the rest of the team because sometimes that’s more important.” – Student
  • “They have impressed me with their ideas throughout the day; it’s hard to believe they are so young!” – Volunteer
  • “The different activities throughout the day were fantastic and it was exciting to work with all of the teams and support them in different ways.” – Volunteer

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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