MADEGrads is a self-managing group that helps graduates launch their careers by taking on projects for the community, entering competitions and running events like CV and interview workshops. MADEGrads aims to help graduates find employment through broadening experience, growing portfolios, demonstrating team-work and peer learning.
MADEGrads have recently worked on an exciting project designing family housing for Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, they have also started work on a project in Camden on the Wendling Estate.
You can join MADE GRADs if you went to university in the region, or studied elsewhere and have come home to the West Midlands.
The History of MADE and MADEGrads
MADE is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of our built environment. We promote the value of good design through four areas of work – Design Quality, Arts and Culture, Community and Education. The Grads initiative is part of our education programme and our response to the current employment difficulties graduates are facing especially within the construction industry. MADE supports MADEGrads by:
o Offering our premises as a meeting space
o Providing leads for potential projects
o Providing support to carry out projects
o Arranging professional tutorship for projects as required
o Arranging professional mentorship for group members
o Providing contacts across the built environment
o Providing members with opportunities for events, networking and training
o Publicising the group and its work to its network
However MADEGrads is a largely self-managing group with its members taking responsibility for the professional and proactive development and delivery of projects and the organisation of its members.
In its short history the group has already helped many graduates in that challenging time between leaving university and finding work as well as producing some really exciting projects and designs for communities in the region.
"MADEgrads enabled me to brush up on my skills in the family housing sector and work with other graduates from different diciplines to formulate a collective end proposal for the Jewellery Quarter Family Housing Scheme" - Shani Gabbidon, past MADEgrad.
"MADEgrads group is such an important step for someone who is studying within the built environment sector. The group gives anyone the opportunity to finish uni and be involved with a group of likeminded people who share the same interests. I would defiantly recommend people to join MADEgrads!" - Dale Hickman, past MADEgrad.
"I enjoyed the unique opportunity to engage with the community on live projects, a concept I was very interested in but hadn't yet been able to activate." - Callie Starkey, past MADEgrad.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the range of projects I have undertook some of which have included designing and proposing an affordable family housing scheme in Birminghams’ Jewellery Quarter. Other projects have included site visits to Milton Keynes and proposing exciting regeneration schemes in ‘The Lakes’, Bletchley." - Hawa Patel, past MADEgrad.
If you are a professional and would like to get involved with supporting MADEGrads please contact Sally Robertshaw, Community Programmes Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org