The School:

Five Elms are in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in the ‘Future Transport‘ Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 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 construction 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.

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 site, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction and see some of the machinery used by the construction staff.
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, but each team did a fantastic job of supporting each other to finish the task.
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 such a powerful impact on the children to see so many women working in the construction industry. It was also great to see the use of the EE values in the real world, linking their learning to the wider world.” – Teacher
  • “It’s so important for school children to have these days to open the eyes of the future generation of workers. It was great for them to see that working in construction doesn’t just mean being a builder.” – Volunteer
  • “I don’t want to go home!” – Student
  • “I learnt to use my imagination and to find out what it’s like in the adult’s world. We all worked together and used our skills.” – 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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