The School:

Audley Primary School is in its fifth year working with Enabling Enterprise. Over the years, the school has taken on a wide range of Lesson-Time Projects and Challenge Days. Students have applied their essential skills on challenges where they designed their very own transport prototypes for the future, or when they investigated a mysterious crime scene on their school premises. Students have also had the chance to visit businesses to stretch those same skills outside the classroom, and so today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to put their Teamwork and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with over 130 years of experience. The consultancy delivers services in the fields of aviation, buildings, energy, industry, infrastructure, maritime, mining, transport, urban and rural planning and water. Backed by expertise and experience of nearly 7,000 colleagues across the world, they work for public and private clients in more than 130 countries

The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the pupils 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, pupils 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:

  • “Again, it is an excellent EE trip of year 5 pupils of Audley to gain valuable experience in the world of work at Royal HaskoningDHV . ” – Teacher
  • “I was very impressed with how the children adapted to the challenges that were presented to them and how within the space of a few hours they progressed. I can definitely see some future Engineers and Project Managers in the class!” – Volunteer
  • “I really enjoyed my EE day at Royal HaskoningDHV. I have learnt new things and the best part was building the tower!” – Yr 5 Pupil

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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