The School:

Five Elms Primary School is a long standing partner of Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills in a double ‘Crime Scene’ and ‘Operation: Moonbase’ Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 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 British multinational construction services company headquartered in Wolverhampton. Working in the UK as well as Canada, the Middle East and the Caribbean, Carillion employs over 40,000 workers.

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.
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:

  • “I’ve never seen anything like this before and I really like the focus on the skills – I’ve been able to take a step back and really observe where their strengths lie” – Teacher
  • “These young people are the workforce of the future so I think it’s really important for them to see the relevance of these skills in the workplace, especially in the construction industry which students often don’t know much about” – Volunteer
  • “It’s really important that we get to come to places like this because one day we will have a job so we need to know what it’s like to go to work and what sorts of things people like this do – plus it’s totally cool to see the building site from above!” – 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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