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Newham students take part in Enabling Enterprise day at Higgins Construction’s head office

Posted: 23/03/2018

Year four students from Newham based Salisbury Primary School recently had the chance to broaden and develop their enterprise skills by visiting Higgins Construction’s head office and gaining an insight into the world of work as part of Enabling Enterprise.

The day started off with introductions from the Higgins team and an insightful tour of the offices allowing the students to see the wide variety of jobs available in the construction industry. They visited various departments including HR, design, new homes and after sales and discussed the roles, responsibilities and enterprise skills required to do the jobs.

The students then took on the role of developers, students were then challenged to apply their problem solving skills to choose which site to build a new tall building. Factoring in the pros and cons of each location, as well as a few success criteria for their project, teams then worked together to build a 3-D model of their tower using limited materials. During the build, the teams’ essential skills were stretched further as the aspiring developers were even challenged to address noise reduction during the construction phase!

The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges, who were spoilt for choice when it came to praising their ideas for their new development. Before the budding entrepreneurs left the room, one special guest – Phil Safe – had a unique gift for the children to walk away with: their very own customised Higgins notebook.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The activity was fantastic and challenging. I also think the children have developed their cooperative skills. Today I saw them working well in team, staying positive and listening to each other, which is something they often struggle with.” Comment a teacher from Salisbury Primary School.

One student said, “We worked together and used all the imagination we can to include many things we can on the 9th floor. You can find out when you join.”

Enabling Enterprise works in partnership with schools and employers to bring the world of work into classrooms through lesson-time projects and challenge days. The trips are an invaluable way of broadening children’s aspirations and making the connection between classroom learning and real life.

Year four students from Newham based Salisbury Primary School recently had the chance to broaden and develop their enterprise skills by visiting Higgins Construction’s head office and gaining an insight into the world of work as part of Enabling Enterprise.

The day started off with introductions from the Higgins team and an insightful tour of the offices allowing the students to see the wide variety of jobs available in the construction industry. They visited various departments including HR, design, new homes and after sales and discussed the roles, responsibilities and enterprise skills required to do the jobs.

The students then took on the role of developers, students were then challenged to apply their problem solving skills to choose which site to build a new tall building. Factoring in the pros and cons of each location, as well as a few success criteria for their project, teams then worked together to build a 3-D model of their tower using limited materials. During the build, the teams’ essential skills were stretched further as the aspiring developers were even challenged to address noise reduction during the construction phase!

The day culminated in teams pitching their plan for development to the judges, who were spoilt for choice when it came to praising their ideas for their new development. Before the budding entrepreneurs left the room, one special guest – Phil Safe – had a unique gift for the children to walk away with: their very own customised Higgins notebook.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The activity was fantastic and challenging. I also think the children have developed their cooperative skills. Today I saw them working well in team, staying positive and listening to each other, which is something they often struggle with.” Comment a teacher from Salisbury Primary School.

One student said, “We worked together and used all the imagination we can to include many things we can on the 9th floor. You can find out when you join.”

Enabling Enterprise works in partnership with schools and employers to bring the world of work into classrooms through lesson-time projects and challenge days. The trips are an invaluable way of broadening children’s aspirations and making the connection between classroom learning and real life.


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