The School:

Court Farm Primary School are in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, children have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills via lesson time projects and Year 4 took part in an ‘Operation: Moonbase‘ Challenge Day. Today it was year 6 students to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support of our professional business volunteers out in the workplace.

The Business:

Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with over 130 years of experience. The consultancy delivers services in the fields of aviation, buildings, energy, industry, infrastructure, maritime, mining, transport, urban and rural planning and water. Backed by expertise and experience of nearly 7,000 colleagues across the world, they work for public and private clients in more than 130 countries.

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the wide variety of jobs available in the world of construction.
Taking on the role of Developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish on which site to choose to build their new tall building. Taking the location and needs of the community on board, teams then worked together to build a tower using limited materials. During the build, the teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test, as new challenges arose, putting the developers’ budgets under strain.
The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges, who posed as local and new residents, to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “This was a great opportunity for the children to transfer and apply the skills they have developed in class in a real-world situation. The children remained positive under pressure and used their problem-solving skills well for the challenge. ” – Teacher, Court Farm Primary School
  • “The day was really enjoyable. It was great to be able to work with bright young people and give them an insight into our work at Royal HaskoningDHV. The EE leader was great at keeping the children engaged in their tasks whilst teaching key skills which will be useful in work and life!” – Volunteer, Royal HaskoningDHV
  • “We liked sharing our ideas and working as a team to design our tower.” – Year 6 student, Court Farm Primary School
  • “I enjoyed having the opportunity to be creative and learning about Royal HaskoningDHV – Year 6 student, Court Farm Primary School

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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

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