The Regenda Group will be helping to inspire young people about the built environment through a new skills initiative.
Liverpool-based social enterprise PLACED has joined forces with the firm – which is the parent company of Redwing Living – and the University of Liverpool School of Environmental Sciences to deliver the PLACED Academy programme for students in years 10, 11 and 12.
The free initiative, which is also backed by a number of industry sponsors, will aim to develop the skills of participants, make their CV stand out, build confidence and prepare them for the next career steps.
It will deliver bespoke programmes for young people considering college, university, an apprenticeship or work experience.
Launching the academy, which doesn’t require any specific skills, knowledge or previous experience, PLACED director Jo Harrop says: “PLACED is thrilled to be building on our experience in delivering education programmes that inspire young people about the built environment, developing their skills, knowledge and confidence.
“The PLACED Academy will provide a tailored programme of support, whilst connecting young people with those working and studying in the sector.
“By working with young people from a wide range of communities and supporting those under-represented in the sector, we can help to diversify the sector for the future. We are very grateful to our partners and sponsors for making this programme possible.”
Successful applicants from around the North West will work alongside professional architects, planners and urban designers to gain insider knowledge which would otherwise be restricted for those looking to study or gain experience in the field in the future.
Lesley Penton, partnerships manager for The Regenda Group, adds: “The Regenda Group is a forward-thinking business, regenerating places to create opportunities for people. We are committed to providing opportunities and raising aspirations of young people whether they choose apprenticeships or further education.
“We look forward to meeting the young people, partners and sponsors.”
Dr Sam Hayes from the University of Liverpool’s department of geography and planning within the School of Environmental Sciences, says: “The School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Liverpool is proud to be a partner on the PLACED Academy because it helps us to get the message out about interesting and rewarding career paths available in the built environment.
“PLACED is amazing at helping us to spread this message and we hope the project will encourage young people from the city region to consider studying and working in the built environment, and ultimately to make places better for everyone.”
PLACED Academy sponsors include Buttress, FWP, OMI, Planit-IE and Sheila Bird, ABW and DTM Legal.