The School:

Located in the London Borough of Ealing, Montpelier Primary School is in its fourth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing a set of eight essential skills by completing Lesson-Time Projects in their classrooms as well as several Challenge Days as a whole school. For example, they’ve set up a brand new human colony on a distant planet, and more recently, they’ve also designed a wide range of hybrid vehicle prototypes fit for the next millennium! Students from various year groups over the years have also had the opportunity to visit employers across London to stretch their essential skills outside the classroom. And so today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity a lucky few from Year 4 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test in the world of work as they were supported by professional business volunteers.

The Business:

BuroHappold Engineering is an international, integrated engineering consultancy operating in 23 locations worldwide, with over 50 partners and 1,800 employees including some of the world’s leading consulting engineers. For 40 years they’ve been building their reputation for delivering creative, value-led building and city solutions for an ever changing world.

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 their new 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.
The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges.

What they said:

  • “This is a real-life experience and it’s great for them to see the whole context with different people working in different teams in the workplace. I’m glad to see them use what they’ve done back at school on today’s challenge.” – Teacher
  • “I thought the activities were paced well and pitched at the right level.” – Volunteer
  • “There was a big difference between the morning when they first had to build their shoe tower and they weren’t communicating compared to the end of the day when they were actually thinking and definitely talking about their ideas.” – Volunteer
  • “I think we’re the best construction company because whenever problems arise we stay positive and also we are collaborative because we help each other.” – 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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