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The Winns Primary School
Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd
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The Winns Primary School
From the London Borough of Waltham Forest, The Winns has been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2015 to develop a set of eight Essential Skills in their students. Over the years, students across the whole school have been developing their Essential Skills through Lesson-Time Projects as well as Challenge Days and Trips to Employers.
Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd
Multiplex is a leading global contractor with expertise across the entire property sector, delivering landmark property and infrastructure assets for more than 50 years. They create large-scale and complex landmark buildings, commercial structures and infrastructure projects and work in Australia, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Canada.
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.
Today has widened students' understanding of the world outside school. Working with new adults in an office enviroment they have been engaged throughout and improved their presenting skills - something we are working on back at school.
I was blown away by how creative and open minded the students were. This is something we struggle to replicate as adults and this experience was both refreshing and rewarding.
My favourite part was presenting our bridges to the judges. I have learned that there are so many more jobs in construction than I thought!