The School:

St Anne’s RC Primary in Crumpsall, North Manchester is in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students will be busy developing a set of eight essential Enterprise Skills by taking on a range of projects in their lesson time, but also by launching ‘A Day in Politics’ as a whole-school challenge where students will form their very own political parties from scratch, complete with an electoral campaign – all in a school day! Earlier this year, a few students have had the opportunity to visit top employers across Manchester, but today was the chance for a mixed group of Years 5 and 6 students to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test in the world of work, 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:

  • “Building our tower was the most fun! And we made sure we included everyone’s ideas.” – Student
  • “We worked well as a team today because we listened to everyone.” – 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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