The School:

Gayhurst School is in their 3rd year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in a Challenge Day where teams designed a range of futuristic transport prototypes. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Years 5 and 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:

  • “Some of the students really struggled with their teamwork at the beginning of the day but they’ve stuck at it and I’m really, really impressed with their outcomes.” – Teacher
  • “I like that they get the chance to ask us questions and find out more about what we do – it’s good to show them different types of jobs in this sector.” – Volunteer
  • “I think the best bit was making our tower and getting to do it together.” – Student
  • “The volunteers are the best bit because they have helped us to get better and to listen to each other.” – 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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