The School:

Benthal Primary is in their fifth year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by running Lesson-Time Projects, visiting top business across the capital and successfully completing Challenge Days like ‘Creative Spaces’ and ‘Crime Scene Investigation’. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Carillion plc is a multinational construction services company headquartered in Wolverhampton. Working in the UK as well as Canada, the Middle East and the Carribean, Carillion employ over 40,000 workers.

Today from the Kings Cross project office, volunteers Tizzy, Frank, Nahid and Nigel were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs on their construction challenge.

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 great variety of jobs available in the world of construction. From the viewing platform it was clear the would-be developers and project managers were inspired and more than ready for today’s challenge.
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, which put 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:

  • “The activities were engaging and there was a good level of challenge for all pupils. I think the pupils have a gained a lot from today. Mainly it has given them a chance to practise their collaboration skills. They have also had a chance to find inspiration in a real-life workplace and ask questions to a range of professionals – both men and women – this will have challenged their preconceptions!” – Teacher
  • “I couldn’t believe the words they were coming up with and the quality of the questions they were asking: just amazing!” – Volunteer
  • “We are the best not just because we have designed a park on the roof and an indoor garden, but also because we supported the real community.” – Student

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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