The School: Audley Primary School

As one of Enabling Enterprises long standing partner schools in Birmingham, it is always a pleasure to welcome students from Audley Primary School out on an enterprise workplace visit. Having taken part since their Key Stage 1 days, the group from Year 5 who joined us at Prologis, Solihull, have experienced skill development opportunities through lesson time projects and Challenge Days in school.

The Business: Prologis, Solihull

Prologis is a global provider of industrial real estate. They build, develop, own and manage around 2,900 properties across the Americas, Europe and Asia. They employ 1,500 employees worldwide, including the 45 people at their Solihull office.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

Working as construction companies, supported by volunteers from Prologis, teams were challenged to design a new multi-purpose building which would meet the wants and needs of residents within a local community. Working to tight deadlines, the Year 5 enterprise students made sure they made the most of the opportunity to speak to Prologis employees to find out more about the world of work and the skills required to be successful. Pitching against each other, the students concluded the day by presenting their building idea and plan, leaving the judges having the difficult task of deciding who had met the challenge brief.

The Results:

A warm welcome from Julia Richards at Prologis and introductions from James Wright, Helen Pitt and Steve Haddock got the 9 and 10 year olds off to a flying start on their Brilliant Build Challenge. They were able to ask questions and tour the premises to find out more about the business and individuals roles and responsibilities (and they even got to ring the celebratory ‘gong’ in the office!) Teams demonstrated their ability to Listen Carefully as they carried out research, and Shared Ideas as they worked creatively together in the fast-paced professional environment. Each team proved they were able to Solve Problems during the challenge and it was great to see Leadership roles shared. It was a tough decision for the judges to decide who should be crowned the winners of the day. Well done to all teams for Aiming High.

What they said:

  • “It’s been the best day ever…I was nervous to start but now I feel great! I’m really proud of my team and myself. I think I’ve used my enterprise skills well.” – Student, Audley Primary School
  • “Today has given me an opportunity to assess the students enterprise skills and I am certainly impressed and proud of them. They have made the most of the experience and have benefited from the super support from Prologis volunteers. To see our children’s confidence grow is wonderful.” – Teacher, Audley Primary School
  • “I have loved working with the teams – the way they have collaborated and how they have been engaged and focussed throughout. I am really pleased I was able to support on this day. A very worthwhile experience.” – Volunteer, Prologis
  • “Now I think I’d like to be the CEO at Prologis!” – Student, Audley Primary School

Thanks to Prologis for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Audley Primary School for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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