The School:

Byron Court Primary School in Wembley are committed to promoting confidence and collaboration in their children. Last summer, the whole school took part in a Challenge Day where students designed a wide range of futuristic transport prototypes. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test in the working world, with the support from professional business volunteers including consultants and architects.

The Business:

With over 55 years’ experience, Lendlease is a leading international property and construction company with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. They create positive legacies from funding a project right through to developing and constructing state of the art buildings and infrastructure, including hospitals, roads and bridges.


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 office and roof gardens, getting lots of inspiration for their own designs from the great views of London.
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 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 to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “The children loved visiting a real corporate workplace and being in a professional environment […] the focus on Staying Positive and Problem Solving is incredibly relevant.” – Assistant Headteacher, Byron Court Primary School
  • “I thought they did so well: I was so impressed with how much they got done and their presentations.” – Volunteer
  • “I want to work here when I am older as a consultant like my volunteer is. I love the offices and the insect wall outside.” – Student
  • “It was really hard to do everything we wanted to do in the time we had and we argued at the start, but we stayed positive and got it done.” – 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 enablingenterprise.org

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