The School:

Kanes Hill Primary in Thornhill, Southampton took on this exciting opportunity with a particular focus on showing their students local businesses that linked to STEM subjects. This was their first experience working with Enabling Enterprise, and so today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Years 5 & 6 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:

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group providing innovative and efficient services that underpin our daily lives and support our communities. One of their most recognised projects was building the Channel Tunnel. The students were joined by an array of employees from Traffic Signal Operators to Learning and Development, with special thanks to Brian Hammersley, Contract Director for organising such a fantastic day.

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, as well as the equipment and tools required to maintain Southampton’s roads.
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:

  • “This is certainly one of the best school trips I have been on! The children have all got so much out of it, thank you!” – Katie O’Grady Assistant Head Teacher
  • “I’ve been really impressed by how quickly they have grasped some quite grown-up ideas.” – Volunteer, Balfour Beatty
  • “Our slogan is ‘Whatever the day, whatever the challenge, we are looking out for you!’” – Student from team Infrastructure Inventors
  • “Today has been challenging as we really needed to use lots of skills and make sure we stayed positive, working together to keep our tower standing.” – Student from team 4 Dengineers

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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