The School:

Laurel Lane is in their 4th year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Aiming High and Problem Solving Enterprise Skills by designing and building a city on a New Moonbase. 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:

ISG is an international construction services company delivering fit-out, construction and engineering services. ISG has over 50 offices across Europe, The Middle East, Asia and South America.

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the students interviewing their volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. They had the chance to meet Sustainability Managers, Document Controllers, Construction Managers and Apprentices and see how they all work in a team at ISG. Students then went on a tour of the premises, led by Construction Manager Dean, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction. They had the chance to ask questions and find out more about the process of constructing a new building.

Taking on the role of Developers, students were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish which site to choose to build their new tall building upon. They worked together to list the pros and cons of each site before making their final team decision. 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. The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “Today has been great for them. They have had to problem-solve along the way which has kept them on their toes.” – Teacher, Laurel Lane
  • “I’ve really enjoyed today. I’m so happy schools get to do things like this, we didn’t get any of these opportunities when we were at school.” – Volunteer, ISG
  • “Today we learnt that Dean is a good leader and that doesn’t mean he is bossy, it means he helps people in his team.” – Student, Laurel Lane
  • “We showed great Staying Positive skills today because we helped cheer each other up when things were going wrong.” – Student, Laurel Lane

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 enablingenterprise.org

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