The School:

Fryent Primary School is in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by designing imaginative computer games in the ‘Level Up!’ Challenge Day but also by creating a school newspaper which they use for fundraising. 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:

Barratt Developments PLC is one of the largest residential property development companies in the United Kingdom. Hendon Waterside is an impressive regeneration scheme in West Hendon, comprising over 2,000 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Nathan, Eric, Jonny and Joe worked in a variety of roles across the company and provided fantastic support for today’s challenge.


The Challenge: Decisive Developers

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Essential 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 a 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, to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “We are seeing how well they can work together. It’s a very mixed group and they really are applying the skills today.” – Teacher
  • “The students have impressed me with the questions they’ve asked. They are striving to understand all the details and have used what they found out to generate more ideas.” – Volunteer
  • “Each of the teams showed different strengths. You all presented well and found ways to include the entire team.” – Volunteer
  • “There are so many different jobs in construction. I thought it was just builders before today!” – Student
  • “We have used all of the skills today and were best at Leading and Working in a Team. We wouldn’t be able to work together as well if we didn’t have a leader who helped us and encouraged us.” – 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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