The School:

St. Mary’s and St John’s is in their fifth year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills through a range of Lesson-time Projects and Challenge Days. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 7 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Costain Skanska is a joint venture between Costain Group and Skanska AB, two constructions and civil engineering companies working on the Crossrail project. Projects on the build have included: civil engineering, advanced works, ticket hall fit-outs, the constructions of stations; as well as 30 metre deep shafts to house ventilation facilities and emergency exits. Today students were joined by Gideon, Colin, Maxine, Nicola, Ross and Olu who gave them a fantastic insight into the different roles which support the Crossrail project.

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:

  • “There was one team working in a brilliantly organised production line to make their model. When I look at them, I just think – that is teamwork in action!” – Teacher
  • “It is easy to see the value and purpose experiences like this have. Not just for the students, but for us as volunteers too. I have thoroughly enjoyed today.” – Volunteer
  • “We had to use problem solving today when things kept going wrong with our model. We were able to effectively use the resources around us and our team to help us figure it out.” – Student
  • “Staying positive is really important and not just about yourself. You can also help your team stay positive by helping them look on the bright side.” – 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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