The Schools:

This competition trip to Carillion was attended by Year 7 pupils from Hornsey School for Girls and Year 9 pupils from Eastbury. Being both schools’ first experience of Enabling Enterprise, it was a fantastic opportunity for all the students to experience a day in a professional environment and learn about how the Essential Skills, such as Staying Positive and Problem Solving are important for the volunteers who worked alongside them on their enterprise challenge.

The Business: Carillion

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 Kings Cross development site 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:

  • “The activities promoted good teamwork, the girls loved it! They learnt to listen to each other and to work with different people.” – Teacher, Hornsey School for Girls
  • “The students had the opportunity to learn about various jobs within the industry. They really focussed on the essential skills throughout the day and they constantly referenced them and referred back to them. They discovered these skills are applicable across several tasks.” – Teacher, Eastbury Community School
  • “It’s amazing how you learn so much working with the students” – Volunteer
  • “I am most proud of how my team helped me to stay positive today. When I first found out the task and the lack of resources that we had I thought it wouldn’t be possible, but the rest of my team helped me to keep going and get the task finished.” – Student, Eastbury Community School
  • “I’ve really enjoyed the whole day. The thing I’ve learnt is to ‘think before you do’ as planning properly really does make a difference.” – Student, Hornsey School for Girls

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

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