Upon arrival at EY’s Manchester office complex, the learners were introduced to the company and the EY Foundation which facilitated the activities.
After the introduction, the Manchester Academy pupils took part in an icebreaker activity before moving on to a session highlighting employability skills. A speed networking activity then allowed the learners to meet a range of professionals and find out about different pathways into employment including university and apprenticeship.
This was followed by a challenge activity, in which teams had to compete to build the tallest tower using spaghetti and marshmallows. The competition allowed the Year 10 pupils to demonstrate excellent problem solving, leadership, communication and team working.
Although there was only one winning team, the day was highly successful in flagging up the importance of key employability skills such as the importance of networking.
EY (previously known as Ernst & Young) is committed to corporate social responsibility; with its charitable arm, the EY Foundation is running programmes to help young people realise their career ambitions and make a successful transition into work, higher education or self-employment.