The School: Redhill Primary

Redhill Primary is in its second year of Enabling Enterprise programmes. These children have taken part in a variety of challenges, including setting up a society on a new planet during their ‘Operation: Moonbase’ Challenge Day, and creating fitness classes as part of their Lesson-Time Projects for the local community. Throughout their enterprise education programme, these students have shown high standards of Working in a Team as well as Staying Positive and Using Imagination, so today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for a selection of students from Years 5 and 6 to stretch their enterprise skills outside the classroom and put them to the test in the world of work, with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business: LM Joint Venture, Birmingham

Two of Europe’s most prominent and innovative engineering and construction companies – Laing O’Rourke and Murphy – have come together to form LM, a powerful joint venture, working to deliver the northern section of HS2’s Phase One enabling works.

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

After finding out about LM Joint Venture, the people who work there – roles, responsibilities and the enterprise skills required, a tour of the premises allowed teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction.
Taking on the role of Developers, students were challenged to apply their Problem Solving to firstly establish which site to choose to build their new tall building on. Taking the location and needs of the community on board, teams worked together to build a 3-D model for their tower using limited resources. 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.

The Results:

LM Joint Venture were impressed by how well the children worked together, stayed positive and solved a myriad of problems throughout the challenge. It was particularly notable how they astutely used their Problem Solving skills to weigh up the pros and cons of decisions, and supported one another to stay positive even during tough moments. Using their essential skills so effectively meant that their residential towers met the success criteria and were built within the time and budget allocated for the challenge – a real feat!

What they said:

  • “The children have had a chance to be creative, independent and aim high with an imaginative construction campaign.” – Teacher
  • “It was great to see the children learn more about our industry and understand the roles that we have, and the work that we do.” – Volunteer
  • “I was proud of how I stayed positive through the whole day – even though I was frustrated at times, I kept going and we made a really good building.” – Student

Thanks to LM Joint Venture for such a great trip day, and to Years 5 and 6 from Redhill Primary for coming along.

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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