City Builder Mentoring

City Builder Mentoring Programme

The City Builder Mentoring programme matches young people who have taken part in City Builder Academies with volunteer mentors from creative practitioners in order to provide advice and coaching to support the student.  

This is a competitive process with participants of the City Builder Academies invited to apply upon completion of the academy. 

A strong emphasis will be on encouraging the student to explore opportunities for engagement with design in the built environment outside of school (attending events, securing work experience, entering competitions, networking).  

These sessions will take place once every two months for a year but could be more often and over a longer period if the mentor and mentee agree.

As with the academies and indeed all of MADE’s education work we target opportunities at young people from backgrounds under-represented in the professions.

Background to the programme

MADE'sCity Builders Academies provide an inspiring experience for young people interested in a career in the built environment.  The week long experience gives them an opportunity to meet professionals including architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers and more as well as undertaking a design challenge. To date over 100 young people from the region have taken part.

We know this experience  enthuses many of the City Builder Academy graduates to want to take the next step towards a career in the built environment.  MADE therefore devised the mentoring programme to offer the most talented and enthusiastic of these young people the chance to follow this up.

In September 2014 we put out our first call for mentors and opened up applications to past city builder graduates.

Information for potential mentors

Could you be a mentor?

We are still looking for mentors….

We know that firms within the designed environment can find it hard or impossible to host traditional work experience placements due to the time commitment this involves.  By offering mentoring instead you can be sure that their input is not just a ‘taster’ instead it is targeted at a young person who is keen and committed, having already explored the various professions through City Builder Academy then applied for the mentorship programme.  

You would need to commit to a minimum of 6 sessions over the course of a year lasting between 1 and 2 hours each.  It would also involve a training session with MADE at our offices in central Birmingham, DBS check (previously called CRB), possible monitoring visit by MADE staff and making a contribution to our evaluation process. 

To find out more please contact Sally Robertshaw Community Programmes Manager sally@made.org.uk.

Information for potential mentees

Mentorships are open to past City Builder Academy graduates. Upon completing the academy you will be invited to apply and if successful matched to a mentor.  

For more information on how to apply email Pooja or call 0121 348 7980

The mentoring programme is possible thanks to funding from the Ove Arup Foundation, Earnest Cook Trust and CHK Charities.

A strong emphasis will be on encouraging the student to explore opportunities for engagement with design in the built environment outside of school such as attending events, securing work experience, entering competitions and networking as well as developing critical skills.