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Higgins encourages the enterprise skills of the next generation at Kings Crescent Estate

Posted: 10/02/2016

A group of 20, year three primary school children from Stamford Primary School recently took part in a ‘Terrific Towers’ problem solving and team work event at the Kings Crescent Estate in Hackney.

The programme was part of a educational event held by Higgins Group and not-for-profit group Enabling Enterprise, designed to help students build practical skills and develop their understanding of the world of work.

As part of the session the children were divided into teams and took on the challenge to design a brand new tower to mark the city’s sky-line. The design had to be inspired by an object or shape and the students had to ensure that the design stayed within their construction budget when choosing what resources to use, such as newspaper, sello-tape, felt-tips and scissors. Students then decided on whether their tower was for business, residential or tourist use and how much to spend their fit-out budget, before finally preparing to share their work at the construction fair.

"We were very impressed with the progress students made today, especially in their teamwork skills as this has been a big focus for this class. Having the opportunity to work alongside professional adults and ask questions about their roles was fantastic!" commented one of the teachers at Stamford Hill Primary School.

"What I enjoyed most was sharing our ideas and bringing them together to create our tower."  Said one of the year 3 students, Stamford Hill Primary School.

The Enabling Enterprise programmes are designed to focus on eight core skills that are essential building blocks in a student’s education: teamwork and leadership; listening and presenting; aiming high and staying positive; problem solving and creativity.

Jeff Joseph, Community Investment Manager for Higgins Construction commented, “As an organisation we are extremely focused at empowering students to develop their enterprise skills and understand how these skills can be transferred into the world of work. For many of the students it was the first time visiting a construction site and they all seemed to get a great deal out of the visit. We are delighted to be working with Enabling Enterprise, who have helped over 100,000 students over the last five years.”

Mike Zatyka, Development Manager at Enabling Enterprise commented, “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Higgins Construction. These students have been developing their skills through enterprise projects back at school and today is a fantastic opportunity to see how this links to the world of work. The opportunity to work alongside adults who are not their parents or teachers is also hugely important in developing students’ confidence and aspirations.”

Kings Crescent Estate is a large regeneration projectfor which work started in late 2014 to increase the number of Council homes for social renting from 195 to 275, renovating 101 existing ones to beyond the Decent Homes standard, as well as building 115 new homes for shared ownership and 376 for private sale to help pay for all the works in the absence of government funding. Higgins Group is working on the first phase of the five year programme to develop 273 new build properties and external refurbishment works to a further 101 homes.

Kings Crescent is part of Hackney Council’s borough-wide programme to deliver 2,760 homes across several estates.

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