The School:

E-Act Blackley Academy is in its first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in a stretching challenge called ‘Operation: Moonbase‘, where they set up a brand new human colony on a distant planet. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 6 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Bruntwood is a family-owned property company offering office space, serviced offices, retail space and virtual offices in the north of England and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. They own several high-profile buildings in the Manchester area, as well as in Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham. They own one-third of the office space in Manchester city centre and also donate 10% of all annual profits to arts, cultural and community charities. Today’s venue, their impressive York House offices in the heart of Manchester city centre.


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:

  • “The tasks have really challenged some of them [the students]. I could pick out a few of them that didn’t believe they would have been able to do some of it, but they have. ” – Teacher
  • “It’s great for the students to get a chance to do something like this, and it’s really popular amongst the staff too. I always put my name down for these days.” – Volunteer
  • “We were the best team because we worked really well together and stayed positive whenever things got challenging.” – Student
  • “I definitely want to work here!” – 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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