A group of year three children from Oaklands Primary School recently took part in a challenge day, as part of Enabling Enterprise, at Higgins Construction’s site, Petershead Court in Southall.
The day started off with the students interviewing volunteers from Higgins Construction to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the enterprise skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the site, which allowed them to see the huge variety of jobs available in the construction industry.
Following the tour, the children were tasked with the challenge to apply their problem solving skills by taking on the role of developers and establish which site they should build a new tall building on. Taking location and nearby features into consideration, the children were split into teams and worked together to build a tower using limited materials.
During the build, the teams were put to the test as new challenges arose, which put their budgets under strain. The day culminated in teams pitching their plans for development to the judges, to see if their building was suitable for construction.
“There was a moment in the presentations which really made my day – seeing incredibly quiet, shy students stand up and speak like this was just wonderful,” said a teacher at Oaklands Primary School.
“It’s amazing how the students are able to grasp the concepts, even at this young age,” commented one volunteer.
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.
Jeff Joseph, Community Investment Manager commented, “We have been working with Enabling Enterprise for a number of years now and enjoy seeing students from different schools come to our sites and become totally engaged in what is on offer in the construction industry. It also gives them the opportunity to test their skills and apply things they have learnt within the classroom into the world of work. We are delighted it was such a successful day.”
Higgins Construction was appointed by Ealing Council to build 68 new build council homes for sale and rent at Peterhead Court, on the Golf Links Estate in Southall. The contract sees the replacement of 20 existing sub-standard homes, built in the 1970s, with 68 new homes for affordable rent and sale to first time buyers. A new purpose-built community centre and nursery will also be built to replace the successful centre which has been using temporary porta cabins for the last 30 years.
Golf Links Estate was identified in 2008 as one of the handful of high intervention estates in need of regeneration to bring it in line with the government’s Decent Homes standard.