PwC Birmingham

Having been working with Heartlands Academy for a few years now, I was excited to welcome this year’s Business Ambassadors to the prestigious offices of PwC in Birmingham City Centre. This talented group of Year 10 students are getting stuck into the Big Business Challenge lesson-time project which will see them running their own ventures in the school. The day was to be crash course in business thinking and head start on their project ideas with support from PwC volunteers. Students also took the opportunity to quiz PwC helpers on their education and career choices and get a flavour of what their working weeks looked like.

Position of Strength

We started with the negotiation challenge – an EE favourite and a brilliant way to explore negotiation skills which will be vital in both within the team and when pitching the idea to stakeholders.

Student teams dived into a role play based on high stakes negations about the development of new shopping centre and it’s impact on the local residents. With timing short and passions flaring, this was no easy task but students responded with superb energy and sharp wit. PwC volunteers helped students draw out some key learning: Plan ahead as soon as you’ve made a team decision. Think carefully about the language your using and recognise your position of strength.

Developing ideas

After this high-octane experience it was time to focus on students projects. Teams began by listing all their talents, resources and needs of the school community and then taking some individual thinking time before sharing their business ideas one by one.
Heartlands students certainly rose to this tough challenge and emerged with clear ideas for what they wanted to achieve. One team focused on a catwalk which would bring together creative students in a fun competition and produce highly-sellable T-shirts as a result while another team concentrated on a fundraising idea which needed support from the school leadership.

Well done and Good Luck!

From the team at EE I wanted to say a huge well done to this year’s PwC Young Business Ambassadors for the way they approached and persevered on this deliberately difficult challenge. We would also like to say huge thank you to PwC volunteers who not only gave up their time on the day but will be visiting the school in the coming weeks to help develop students ideas into real projects.

PwC have supported skills development in schools in Birmingham through this Enabling Enterprise project. Contact Us to find out how you can do the same.

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