The School:

Southern Road Primary is in their 6th year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by completing the ‘Creative Spaces‘ Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

ISG is an international construction services company delivering fit out, construction, engineering services. ISG has over 50 offices across Europe, The Middle East, Asia and South America.


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 recently refurbished offices, which not only allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction but also allowed them to see the company’s 3D virtual model of a new build!
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; such as dealing with budget restraints, rising steel prices and complaints from local residents about the noise on the building site!
The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “The students have had a really positive experience. I’ve been really impressed by some of their confidence and teamwork” – Teacher
  • “The structure of the day was very clear and really followed the world of construction. It was great to see the learning happening in the room.” – Volunteer
  • “After today, I have decided to become an architect and work with ISG!” – Student
  • “We have had to stay positive during some really difficult times this afternoon, especially in the build of the tower.” – 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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