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Business volunteers from Extra Motorway Services and their partner businesses help Garforth Academy's sixth form understand what it takes to plan and pitch a build proposal to industry experts and the impact developments have on communities.


FOCUS: Help students understand the range of careers available through the lifespan of a local build project as well as develop their business planning and teamwork skills

50 students from Year 12 from Garforth Academy took part in a virtual in-school launch from Extra Motorway Services, asking them to design a service station based on a real life brief in East Leeds.

Students attended a workshop day launched by Dennis Enuson, Planning & Development Officer for Extra Motorway Services. Business volunteers from Architect 519, Addleshaw Goddard, Shoosmiths, Curtins, Genecon, Social Communications, Mascot Management, Spawforths Planning, Arup, I-Transport, Hoare-Lee and Wardell Armstrong then helped deliver a range of workshops covering build considerations, responding to the environment and community impact. Students were also able to speak to the volunteers about the range of partners and roles involved in the lifespan of a build project,

Students then had time to develop a site plan concept, impact report and local employment plan to a panel of industry judges before Dennis shared the real plans for the project for comparison. 



  • 97% students said the challenge gave them a better understanding of how businesses work
  • 94% students felt the challenge improved their speaking and listening skills
  • 97% students felt the challenge improved their problem-solving skills


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