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Challney High School for Girls
VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier JV Luton
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Challney High School for Girls

Challney High School for Girls is based in Luton. They have worked with us since 2019 as part of the 16x16 young person's programme, which offers young people in Luton the chance to display the qualities, skills and experience that employers feel are needed in the world of work, education and training.

VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier JV Luton
London Luton Airport Limited and Luton Borough Council are investing £200 million in a Direct Air to Rail Transit (Luton DART) system which will transport passengers between Luton Airport Parkway station and London Luton Airport. VolkerFitzpatrick Kier are the construction and engineering companies who are leading the development of this project.
Building Bridges
From the moment they arrived, the students were putting their problem solving and teamwork skills into action. First of all by gathering as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day and then further as they explored the workplace through a tour. Then, in teams, the students were set their challenge, to design a new bridge for the fictional town of Bogsby. They set about researching possible locations, considering community concerns and building a scale model of their proposed scheme. After all this, they took their proposal to a panel of volunteers representing a planning committee, who scrutinised not only their design but also how effectively they had used their Essential Skills across the day.
I've enjoyed today! It has helped me massively improve my teamwork skills - it helped me negotiate and avoid disagreements turning into arguments. I'm really interested in this industry now.
Student, Year 10
These skills are so important and it has been a fantastic opportunity for the girls to hear this directly from the professionals they have been working with today.. A very well planned and well delivered activity.
Teacher, Challney High School for Girls
The focus on essential skills has helped students recognise strengths they may not have seen as strengths before. Also great to see more reserved students presenting their work very well at the end.
Volunteer Kier