The School:

Orchard Park are in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing a set of eight Essential Skills through Challenge Days such as ‘The Chocolate Challenge’.

Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 10 to put their Staying Positive and Problem Solving skills to the test outside the classroom as they were supported by professional business volunteers.

The Business:

ISG is an international construction services company delivering fit-out, construction, engineering services. ISG has over 50 offices across Europe, The Middle East, Asia and South America.

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 their 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 been a very motivational and inspiring day for our students. The task encouraged the young people to work together and think creatively.” – Teacher
  • “A great day spent with curious young minds and the future of our industry.” – Volunteer
  • “I’ve really enjoyed spending the day with a good group of students. I feel they have learned a lot about the multiple skills needed across our industry.” – Volunteer
  • “I liked how there were frequent set-backs built into the challenge, for example 5 minutes of working in silence and how we only had limited resources. It challenged me and my team.” – Student
  • “I liked going around the office and learning about all the different jobs people do here.” – Student
  • “The day was fun and really inclusive for all groups. It allowed you to bond closer with teammates.” – 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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