Five Elms Primary School
From the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Five Elms Primary school has been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2015 to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students.
Over the years, students across the whole school have been developing their Essential Skills through Lesson-Time Projects as well as Challenge Days and Trips to Employers.
Founded in 1856 with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Credit Suisse has operations in over 50 countries and over 45,000 employees. Credit Suisse is a financial services company which helps people and businesses manage their money.
The students started their day by meeting volunteers and learning about their hosts before touring the premises to get a better picture of what working there is like. Then they worked in teams to understand how banks can support businesses with their finances and started their challenge for the day. Their challenge was to secure a loan for a new business venture of their devising before running the initial set up of the business. The teams really had to demonstrate their Leadership and Presenting skills throughout the challenge, but especially at the end of the day when they presented their achievements back to a panel of volunteers.