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Oasis Academy Hobmoor
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Balfour Beatty Vinci Birmingham
Event date:  
2019-07-11
Oasis Academy Hobmoor
Oasis Academy Hobmoor have recently joined the Skills Builder Partnership to support their students to develop the eight Essential Skills, making use of the various teaching and learning resources available on the Skills Builder Hub. They are also incorporating skill focussed projects into their curriculum and groups of students will be taking part in work place visits.
Balfour Beatty Vinci Birmingham
Balfour Beatty Vinci is a long-established joint venture between two global leaders in the delivery of infrastructure. The Balfour Beatty and Vince started working together over 30 years ago to deliver the Channel Tunnel.
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.
Going on a tourPractising Essential Skills
Creativity and Teamwork in action
We have been working quite a lot on our team work skills back at school, so this is an excellent chance for the kids to apply them in a different context.
Staff Member, Oasis Hobmoor
You would never have thought that the children from different classes and year groups, as they all worked so well together. The structure and content of the day was such that it got the best out of the children.
Volunteer, Balfour Beatty Vinci
Today we used all of our essential skills, but my group were really good at staying positive when things went wrong.
Year 4 Pupil, Oasis Hobmoor