The School:

As one of Enabling Enterprise’s first Manchester schools, Claremont is in their fourth year working on their essential Enterprise Skills. Back in school, students have been busy developing their skills for example by taking part in their ‘Future Transport’ Challenge Day, where they designed a wide range of hybrid vehicle prototypes. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 3 to 6 to 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 almost 80,000 people in more than 300 offices 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 judges, who posed as local and new residents, to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “It’s been really good for the kids to work with students from different year groups and the structures EE put in place really help them develop through the day.” – Teacher
  • “The kids were brilliant! They seemed to get so much out of the day.” – Volunteer
  • “I’m really proud of my team because we worked well together, and when things went wrong we stayed positive and kept each other going.” – Student
  • “I loved getting up and speaking at the end, I didn’t think I’d do it but it was great!” – 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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