Research: creating a national programme for young people

MADE has been commissioned by the Ove Arup Foundation to undertake some research into built environment education in the UK.  This will culminate in a feasibility study and proposal for the co-ordination of efforts to encourage young people in to professional built environment careers on a national scale.

In the West Midlands MADE’s City Builder programme offers intensive academies, visits, workshops, tours and mentoring to young people interested in a career in the Built Environment.

In London Open City’s accelerate programme provides mentoring and skills enhancement for young people form hard to reach back grounds.

In the South West the Architecture Centre run education programmes such as Shape my City giving young people the chance to be involved in decision making about the places they live 

During Autumn 2014 MADE will be establishing just what initiatives there are, what they do and how.

Once we have established what commonality there is between aims, educational objectives and activities we hope to bring key parties in this field together to discuss the scope for more co-ordinated future working so as to increase the impact for young people across the UK

If you are aware of an initiative related to involving young people in the built environment, in particular looking at routes into the professions we would love to hear from you.

Equally if you are a parent, educator or young person who has had experience of any of these initiatives and can feedback – or has an idea of what may help in this field we would be very interested in your thoughts.

Finally if you are a practice, company or organisation working in the built environment and think you may have something to offer on a national or regional scale please get in touch.

Please contact Sally Robertshaw, Community Programmes Manager, sally@made.org.uk or call 0212 348 9880.