The School:

Hackney-based Princess May Primary is in its third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing a set of eight Essential Skills by forming their political parties, all in a school day! Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 5 to apply their essential skills outside the classroom and hone in on Staying Positive and Problem Solving as they were supported by professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated or JLL is a professional services and investment management company specialising in real estate. JLL employ more than 58,000 people in more than 1,000 locations in 80 countries. Alongside construction, development and property management, JLL also offers a range of financial services.
Today’s volunteers – Andre, David, Doriana, Fraser, Jane and Jess – came from a variety of departments within the business and were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs on their construction challenge. Let’s find out how they got on.

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 and property development. As well as seeing impressive models of buildings from up close, the 9- and 10-year olds even got the chance to use some very advanced technology that allowed you to zoom in and out of every possible corner of the Earth, and even to outer space!
Back in the room, students took on the role of Developers. They were 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, including a noise ban, which put the developers’ budgets under strain.
The day culminated in a buzzing trade fair where teams pitched their plan for development to additional judges Fran and James, who posed as local and new residents, to see if their building was suitable for construction.

What they said:

  • “Children enjoyed the tour, the models and the map as they were learning about the construction world. I think they gained in problem solving skills and teamwork. It was a great day!” – Teacher
  • “Some of the presentations showed excellent eye contact… and confidence!” – Volunteer
  • “And they were very enthusiastic, too!” – Volunteer
  • “Really hard to pick a winner because they’ve all done so well. Especially the quieter ones who came out of their shells…” – Volunteer
  • “In our team it was easy to agree because people were open to other people’s ideas and we explained why we should go for that idea.” – Student
  • “I’m proud of being in this team because we found a solution for our tower to prevent it from getting crushed.” – Student
  • “I’m really proud of all of us being able to improvise in our presentation if we forgot what to say.” – Student
  • “I’m proud of the way I’ve worked in my team because usually I’m quite independent, but today in my team I was able to achieve more.” – 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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