Ernst & Young (known as EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London. Dating back to 1849, the firm now employs over 200,000 people in more than 700 offices in 150 countries in the world. It provides assurance (including financial audit), tax, consulting and advisory services to companies.
Students visited their Manchester office and started the 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 the main challenge of the day. The 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.
Miss Takhar, Global Awareness Teacher, said:
It was so good to see the girls become more confident in speaking as the day went on. At the start you could see some pupils looking around waiting for someone else to speak but by the end they were getting involved and sharing their ideas.
I don’t normally work well under pressure so today I am very proud of myself for getting everything done, especially the presentation. It has made me more confident in presenting.
Year 10 student
I worked with other pupils that I don’t normally work with and it made me realise that we have more in common than I thought.
Year 10 student