On Wednesday 21st March, Year 8 were off timetable for the day and taking part in a full day of careers and enterprise work around the theme of construction.
Organised by Central Berkshire Education and Business Partnership and supported by Morgan Sindall and Slough Urban Renewal, the event, called ‘Build Up Your Business’ saw students working in teams to design, construct, cost and pitch a new development project for the Slough area. You can see some of the results in progress in the pictures!
Students were required to use a wide variety of key workplace skills, including communication, teamwork, managing tight deadlines and problem solving. They also learned about a range of roles within the construction sector, as within their teams they took on these roles for the simulation – roles such as Health and Safety Manager and Sustainability Manager, and of course all teams had to have a Project Manager and an assistant in support.
It was about as realistic as we could get without building something for real!
By Kamran Hussain:
Wednesday was one of my most interesting and productive days at school, which was very different to the same old lessons. I really enjoyed Slough Urban Renewal visiting Herschel (partly because my team actually won) to talk about and educate us about construction-related careers and now I know there is definitely more to construction than just people on site building the actual building. There are designers, architects and many more roles in the construction industry for many people to be employed in. I think this event is perfect for other schools, too.
By Aman Johal:
We had to use the many skills we individually possess and our own instinctual capabilities to be creative, imaginative and have good leadership. To achieve this, we had to have good listening, teamwork, and negotiation skills and be diplomatic in what ideas we use to create this start up business. The skills we individually possess are a big key to success in the competition. As a project manager, you must keep control of these skills and utilize them in the correct way. Quantity surveyors would have to be good at maths to ensure their expertise in counting the costs, and architects would have to be good at art for their designing role. As a competition winner, we designed the Cozy Corner Zen Garden Bookshop Café as a new addition to modern life in Slough.