The School:

Filton Avenue Primary School is in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by completing their Social Entrepreneur Challenge Day in Year 3. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to impress and put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated or JLL is a professional services and investment management company specialising in real estate. JLL employ more than 58,000 people in more than 1,000 locations in 80 countries. Alongside construction, development and property management, JLL also offers a range of financial services.


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 volunteers, now turned judges, to see if their building was suitable for construction. All teams impressed with how much progress they had made over the day and how they had worked together to create their model of their redevelopment.

What they said:

  • “Some children have really surprised us today (in a good way!) in how they are engaging and responding to the challenge. It’s great to see them in a different environment.” – Year 5 Teacher
  • “The impact for these children today will be huge. You may not see it now, but we will see it back at school in the conversations I’m sure we will have, and in what the children go home and talk about. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the children of Bristol – Head of School
  • “It’s so valuable for the students to get this insight into what the world of work looks like at a young age. They have been very engaged and timing of the challenge was perfect.” – Volunteer
  • “The skills the students have been working on today are very important. For example presenting is vital in some roles and having the opportunity practice this from a young age makes a real difference.” – Volunteer
  • “We’ve learnt today to work together in a team and to try our best. It wasn’t perfect but that’s ok because we have learnt from it.” – Year 5 Student
  • “We problem solved today, stayed positive and used different strategies when things went wrong.” – Year 5 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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