The School:

Heartlands High School is in their 3rd year working with Enabling Enterprise. Over the past 3 years, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills both in school and the workplace. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 9 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Recent projects include Crossrail, Birmingham New Street Station and the diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus.

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 to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “I’ve been doing these a long time, you really get to see the students in a different light.” – Teacher
  • “I think the day’s activities have given them a flavour for an industry they didn’t know much about.” – Volunteer
  • “Sometimes staying positive is tough because you want to give up but it’s important to keep trying not just for you but the rest of the team.” – 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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