The much anticipated first Enabling Enterprise visit by Year 3 and 4 students from Ark Tindal recently did not disappoint. Welcomed by Robert Dance, a tour guide manager at the world famous Malvern based firm, the group made it clear from the off they were going to rise to the challenge to become event planners for the day. Motivated by Robert’s knowledge and enthusiasm, the eager group thoroughly enjoyed an exciting speedy tour of the premises – seeing first-hand the craftsmanship of the cars under construction was incredible. ‘Wow – they are all made by hand’. Eliza.

The opportunity to speak to employees about their jobs and learn about some of the skills they needed to fulfil their role for the company really helped the students to begin to plan their exciting awards and celebration event for the employees and inspired others to think of roles they too might like in the future. ‘I would really like to work here. I could be a car designer.’ Muaz.

‘The tour was amazing it was brilliant. I got to sit in a Morgan. I can’t wait to tell my family!’ Aniqa

On your marks…

Back in the meeting room, the teams shared what they had found out – listening carefully and making decisions to come up with appropriate themes, food, entertainment and the all- important employee awards. ‘The people here work really hard. They deserve to be rewarded and thanked.’ Isra.

With all the teams working well together, Robert noted that the engagement of all of the children was incredibly high, ‘They are clearly being challenged. This is eye opening for me. The language used is challenging, yet accessible. All of the children are supported to achieve.’

A strict budget needed to be adhered too, and despite a late text message from the finance department – instructing the event planning teams that £3,000 need to be saved – the teams stayed positive throughout, supporting each other to get their jobs done. ‘You can see everyone’s’ talents when you work together in a team…our leader has made sure we’ve all had a job and been involved. I’ve loved it.’ Samar.

Get Set…

Angela Hymas, Visitor Centre Manager and Sarah Baldwin, HR Manager, joined the group as the teams were making final preparations to their presentations and without hesitation agreed to be ‘Dragons’ along with Robert to judge the all-important ‘pitches’. The judges noted how all of the teams had gained and used information from the tour to inform their decisions about the celebration event they were proposing.

Picking up on the history of the company, ‘Marvellous Morgan Century Planners’ 1914 theme event to be held in the Heritage Room, with marching band and afternoon tea set the bar high. Next out of the ‘pits’ was team, ‘Magnificent Morgan Dragons’ – they impressed the judges with their hi-tech, low cost methods to engage with employees, while the ‘Super Morgan Celebration Children’s’ glamorous clothes and racing car party appealed due to the thought that had gone into the award categories. ‘We would give a holiday to the longest serving employee – to say thank you for their commitment to Morgan.’ It was ‘The Marvellous Morgan Party Planners’ though who got the judges nod – their clear, well-practiced and increasingly confident pitch, highlighting the mouth-watering menu, with foods from around the world and a special medal for all employees to celebrate 100 years of Morgan Motors persuaded the judges that they were the event planning company to go for.

Go…

Reflecting on the busy day, as they prepared for the journey back to school, Junaid commented, ‘I think I have shown good leadership skills today. I enjoyed pitching to the Dragon’s’, and all his team agreed. Hannah Butler, Year 4 Teacher at Ark Tindal summed up the day, ‘This has been an excellent opportunity for the children to work with others from different classes and share their developing skills within their teams. They have learnt with and from each other – taking away important enterprising skills for their future. It’s been lots of fun’. Robert agreed, ‘’ it has been most rewarding to work with this group today. I would definitely do it again’.

Many thanks to all of the staff at Morgan for making our Enabling Enterprise group feel so very welcome and congratulations once again to Ark Tindal staff and students for their energy and enthusiasm for all things enterprising. If you’d like to get involved, contact us.

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