The School:

Colegrave Primary are in their second 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 3 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Barratt London is the market-leading residential developer in the capital. Barratt London provides homes for all Londoners: from state-of-the-art apartments and penthouses in Westminster to riverside communities in Fulham, and complex, mixed-use regeneration schemes in Hendon.


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 offices and had a look over the Upton Gardens site from a viewing platform, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of construction. There was even a chance for each pupil to direct the crane driver over walkie talkie!
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:

  • “This was very well planned, engaging as well as challenging day for our students – they will definitely leave with great memories!” – Teacher
  • “The thing that stood out for me was how engaged the student were. They asked some great questions and from their presentations it was clear they learned a lot about our industry.” – Volunteer
  • “I learned that construction and architecture are harder than I thought, you really have to do lots of planning and stay positive when problems come up” – 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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