The School: The Alderton Junior School

The Alderton Junior School in Essex is an Enabling Enterprise Primary School who have been Aiming High in Enterprise Education since 2014. This year they are developing key enterprise skills in their students through projects such as Year 5’s Active Minds and exciting challenge days, such as ‘Creative Spaces‘ lately, where children planned and designed a brand new Arts centre from scratch. Today provided an opportunity for Year 5 students to visit the head office of a top London business and test their skills within the world of work.

The Business: Higgins Construction, London

Higgins Group is an award winning, family run construction company with over 50 years of experience in major housing developments. One of their company goals is to help create thriving communities in which people can live, work, learn and play, and which they are proud to be part of. This was epitomised in the outstanding volunteers who made time to engage with and support the students in their challenge today. They worked in a range of departments including facilities and marketing which exposed the students to the true complexity of the construction industry.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

The Higgins volunteers introduced the students to some of the possible careers within construction before giving them a fantastic tour of the Head Office. The students had the opportunity to not only see the different departments, but also to interview many of the employees at Higgins. Using this inspiration, they were Listening Carefully to find out about their challenge for today. The area of Bogsby has a brownfield site in the centre of the community. Working in a Team, the students were Using Imagination to redevelop this space to benefit the local community and the environment.

The Results:

Staying Positive was important for each team to ensure they completed the model of their development in time. Some students particularly excelled at Leading when the pressure increased as they were able to reallocate roles and make quick decisions. It was then time for the teams to present their models to the panel of judges, including the New Business Director Paul Cooke as a special guest judge. The teams demonstrated different strengths in their presenting skills and every student proudly represented their construction companies. The winning team was announced and the day culminated with a special visit from Phil Safe to bid the students farewell!

What they said:

  • “I want to work here when I’m older!” – Student, The Alderton Junior School
  • “The students gained wonderful guidance and opportunities for professional teamwork.” – Teacher, The Alderton Junior School
  • “It is very impressive to see how they presented at the end of the day, particularly in how they supported each other.” – Volunteer, Higgins
  • “My favourite part was meeting all the different people who work here and being in the biggest meeting room.” – Student, The Alderton Junior School

Thanks to Higgins for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from The Alderton Junior 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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