The School:

Immanuel College is in their second year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking part in a stretching Challenge Day, setting a brand civilisation on a distant planet. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 8 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated or JLL is a professional services and investment management company specialising in real estate. JLL employ more than 58,000 people in more than 1,000 locations in 80 countries. Alongside construction, development and property management, JLL also offers a range of financial services. Today saw the Leeds Office’s first time hosting an Enabling Enterprise trip.

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:

  • “It’s great to sit back and watch. I teach a lot of these students and I’ve noticed so many strengths today that I wouldn’t when I’m teaching. A few of these kids are really quiet and they’ve really got involved.” – Teacher
  • “They’ve done so well and it’s been such an enjoyable day. I’m glad I could be part of it and I’ll definitely sign up again next time” – Volunteer
  • “We’ve done really well as a team, working together, listening to each other and staying positive when things went wrong” – Student
  • “I was really impressed and surprised at the technology in the offices. You think of construction and you think builders, not this!” – 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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