CENLIG Enterprise Challenge
Inter-school Competition Facilitated by ELBA
Students from Kelmscott School, Eden School and Walthamstow School for Girls took part in the annual inter-school Enterprise Challenge hosted by Walthamstow School for Girls. The facilitators for the day were the East London Business Association (ELBA), assisted by eight outstanding and engaging business mentors from Morgan Stanley.
The purpose of the day was to bring students together to explore and understand the important employability competencies which are critically important in today’s world of work. Students were ‘taken through their paces’ and were a credit to their schools, as they engaged positively and creatively with the activities throughout the day. The students explored:
Aspirations, including drive and motivation
Communication, both spoken and written
Respect for others
Cooperation, negotiation and persuasion
Leadership and Self-Management
After the initial ice breaking introductions, the students worked in groups on a range of activities, in order to embed the above skills. The first challenge was to build a usable couch out of balloons whilst carefully following a set of instructions and rules. Students were sanctioned for any breach of the rules. This added to the fun of the activity as students came to realise that any non-compliance on their part would set back the whole team. The Morgan Stanley business coaches described the process of working with the students as being
“ totally beneficial, thoroughly enjoyable and loads of fun "
The main activity of the day saw the students engaged in planning, developing and showcasing their ideas for a social enterprise of their creation, which would be of benefit to their community. All students worked really hard on the activity and came up with many interesting and novel ideas. The growing maturity of the students was evident through the responsibility that they took, both individually and as teams, to bring their ideas to fruition. To conclude the activity, each team was required to make a presentation pitch for an investment of £300,000 for their social enterprise, as well as answer searching questions regarding finance, feasibility and sustainability of their ideas.
All the presentations were excellent, and the judges were faced with an extremely difficult task to single out a winner. The students themselves felt that the experience they had gained, together with the engagement and interaction with their business coaches was invaluable. Many of them said that, irrespective of the outcome, the day had been a win-win for all of them.
The Morgan Stanley business coaches were genuinely impressed with the contribution made by all the teams. They did however, single out two teams from Walthamstow School for Girls to go head-to-head in the final decider for overall winner. Despite the obvious disappointment from the other schools, they were gracious in their support for and appreciation of the overall winners. The students named below were outstanding in their mastery of the employment competencies. They were a real credit to the school. The judges were “blown away” by their contribution and they were deserved winners. Congratulations to:
Jai Ming 9F
All in all, it was a fantastic event. All students shone and were great ambassadors for themselves, the year group and the school.