The Schools:

The Winns Primary, based in Waltham, North London is in their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in Lesson Time Projects and Challenge Days such as ‘Level Up!‘.

St Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox Primary based in Croydon, South London is in also their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. So far this year, students have been busy back in school taking part in exciting Lesson Time Projects.

Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from both schools to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

UK Power Networks own and maintain electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and East of England making sure your lights stay on. They maintain and upgrade power equipment and move and connect new electricity cables.

Today, Jan, Emma, Golda, Tom, Dom and Jazz were on hand to offer expert advice to the budding engineers. Each volunteer shared their experiences from their respective departments and demonstrated the skills the use in their day-to-day jobs. We were also delighted to welcome Basil, UK Power Networks CEO who joined us to judge the students’ presentations.


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 an interactive tour of the premises, which included experiencing what it would feel like to be on top of a high power line through virtual reality headsets. They also saw how technology used to create 3D maps of tunnels, and how UK Power Networks uses animated videos to communicate important messages to their customers.
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. They then decided the route that power lines would take, to get energy to their chosen site. 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:

  • “Mixing schools took children out of their comfort zone, enabling them to develop teamwork skills further.” – Teacher
  • “Its opened their eyes to possibilities in the future.” – Volunteer, UK Power Networks
  • “I’m really impressed with how well you’ve presented.” – CEO, UK Power Networks
  • “When I grow up, I want to be a builder!” – Student, The Winns
  • “We were more shy at the start of the day but now we get along really well.” – 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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