Cranford Primary School
From the London Borough of Hounslow, Cranford Primary have been working with Skills Builder since 2013 to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students.
Students have the opportunity to visit a range of employers and workplaces in order to apply their essential skills outside the classroom. To further refine these skills back in school, the school also undertakes a variety of Lesson-Time Projects linked to the topics they study every term – for example, Year 3’s volcanoes topic was combined with their ‘Trash to Treasure’ project to design and build models of volcanoes!
Alongside these classroom-based projects, students also complete Challenge Days as a whole school, from Nursery right through to Year 6.
Societe Generale Equipment Finance Richmond
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, the students were joined by Jay, Linda, Julia and Kat.
Invest for Success
From the moment they arrived, students were putting their essential skills into action. First of all by gathering as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day, and then further as they explored the workplace through a tour.
Then, in teams, the students were set their Staying Positive challenge: to take on the role of Investment Bankers and help their clients make the most of their money. They began by researching their clients and the three companies they could invest in. Then, they made investment decisions and showed great resilience as they found out how their portfolio had done over time. They reflected on the decisions they had made and how they could keep going to try to make the biggest return for their clients.
The day ended with a chance to share their achievements with a panel of volunteers. They reflected on how they had applied Staying Positive throughout the challenge and looked ahead to how they could apply this skill again in the future.