The School:

Gilbertstone Primary School is in their fourth year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Essential Skills by solving the crime of the Sugar Snatcher in their CSI Challenge Day. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to put their Teamwork and Problem Solving skills to the test with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Two of Europe’s most prominent and innovative engineering and construction companies – Laing O’Rourke and Murphy – have come together to form LM, a powerful joint venture, working to deliver the northern section of HS2’s phase one enabling works.

Both companies are leaders in rail infrastructure delivery, tunnelling, bridge construction, civil engineering, offsite manufacturing and digital engineering. The combination of skills and strengths means that LM can offer a fully rounded service that builds on the best of each organisation and complements the diverse requirements of 21st century major project delivery.

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 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 is so inspiring to know there are companies such as LMJV and EE so dedicated to children and young people’s skill development ” – Teacher
  • “The children were a delight to work with. They were great ambassadors for their school and demonstrated the application of the essential skills so well throughout the day ” – Volunteer
  • “I enjoyed learning about the different jobs that there are in engineering at LMJV” – Student
  • “I enjoyed using my teamwork and problem solving skills to build a design model of our tower” – 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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