The School:

Gilbertstone Primary School is in their fourth year working with Enabling Enterprise. Last year, students were busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in their ‘Future Transport‘ Challenge Day, and completing their Lesson Time Projects, such as Active Minds and Community Café. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year Four to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Two of Europe’s most prominent and innovative engineering and construction companies – Laing O’Rourke and Murphy – have come together to form LM, a powerful joint venture, working to deliver the northern section of HS2’s phase one enabling works.

Both companies are leaders in rail infrastructure delivery, tunnelling, bridge construction, civil engineering, offsite manufacturing and digital engineering. The combination of skills and strengths means that LM can offer a fully rounded service that builds on the best of each organisation and complements the diverse requirements of 21st century major project delivery.

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the children interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Teams 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, the children were then challenged to apply their Problem Solving skills to establish which site to choose to build their new tall building on. 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. All teams presented and shared their ideas so well it gave the judges a very difficult job to do in choosing a winning team!

What they said:

  • “It was really good to watch the children apply their skills throughout the day; their teamwork skills were particularly noticeable as their confidence grew ” – Teacher, Gilberstone Primary School
  • “A really engaging and enjoyable day for the children and volunteers alike. The activities were very well planned and delivered and fully engaged the children allowing them to clear demonstrate the skills they have acquired.” – Volunteer LMJV
  • “I had a really good day at LMJV. I learnt a lot about the different jobs people do and really enjoyed problem solving and working in a team to build our tower” – Pupil, Gilberstone Primary School

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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