The School: Southern Road Primary

Southern Road Primary School in Newham are a long-standing partner of Enabling Enterprise. They have been expertly developing eight core enterprise skills inside the classroom through a range of Lesson-Time Projects and whole-school Challenge Days. Most recently, the students from Year 1 through to Year 6 were called on to put these enterprise skills to the test after the EE team broke the news that a crime had been committed on the school grounds.

The Business: Costain Skanska JV in Stepney Green, London

Costain Skanska is a joint venture between Costain Group and Skanska AB, two construction and civil engineering companies working on the Crossrail project. Projects on the build have included: civil engineering, advanced works, ticket hall fit-outs, the constructions of stations; as well as 30 metre deep shafts to house ventilation facilities and emergency exits, the current project on site at Stepney Green. We were helped by a mix of volunteers, both engineers and admin staff but notably we had an equal mix of male and females, a measure made in support of International Women in Engineering Day that aims to reduce inequality within the industry.

The Challenge: Brilliant Builds

The area of Bogsby has an empty site in the centre of the community. Working in a Team, the challenge for the students was to redevelop this land and create a space that would benefit the local people and the environment. Before Sharing Ideas and deciding on what they were going to construct, the teams also needed to look at the needs of the people of Bogsby and also had to ensure that the new development was environmentally friendly. Using limited resources, the teams worked so hard under a short time frame to build a model of their redevelopment. The teams then ended the day by presenting their ideas to a judging panel.

The Results:

Showing great Leading and Using Imagination skills, the teams were quick to design and build their visions for a brownfield site in Bogsby. Different teams valued certain voices and concerns of the community, some focusing on the area’s elderly population and others building schools to educate the neighbourhood’s next generation. The students were also environmentally responsible adding trees, solar panels and even an electric bus on their sites. The judges were very impressed by the standards of the presentations and their redevelopment plans. Well done to every team for their hard work and fantastic Aiming High skills.

What they said:

  • “The day’s clear structure kept the children engaged and entertained throughout the day.” – Teacher, Southern Primary School
  • “The children didn’t only learn lots about construction, they learned a variety of skills that can be transferred to any profession.” – Volunteer, Engineer, Costain Skanska JV
  • “I, and I’m sure the other volunteers have learned a great deal from the day. The skills are highly appropriate and I would like to incorporate them into our training.” – Volunteer, Community Relations Manager, Costain Skanska JV
  • “I thought that everyone that worked on a building site was a builder but there are also caterers, accountants, engineers and probably even more.” – Student, Southern Primary School

Thanks to Costain Skanska JV for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Southern 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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