Construction Enthusiasts Design a Bridge

In collaboration with Enabling Enterprise, students have been taking part in a series of Challenge Days; a range of employer visits supported by use of the Skills Builder Framework. They’re most recent visit was to ISG Manchester, an international construction services company.

Students during an activity at the ISG Manchester offices in 2019

ISG is an international construction services company delivering construction and engineering services. ISG has over 50 offices across Europe, The Middle East, Asia and South America.

From the moment they arrived, students had to put their problem solving and teamwork skills into action. Firstly, they needed to gather as much information as they could about their hosts and the volunteers who were joining them for the day. Next, they explored the workplace with a tour of the building. Then, in teams, the students were set a 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 proposals to a panel of volunteers representing a planning committee, who scrutinised not only their design, but also how effectively they had worked throughout the day.

Miss Takhar, Global Awareness Teacher, said:

I was so proud of how they acted on the feedback and immediately put the tips into action on the second presentations. It’s great for the girls to have the chance to practice doing this as acting on feedback is such an important part of work life.

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