Buttress is proud to be one of the first organisations to support PLACED's PLACED Academy.
PLACED Academy is a brand new programme designed to inspire the next generation of place makers from the North West about the built environment. The programme offers an array of events and professional development activities, to develop the skills of participants, make their CV stand out from the crowd, build confidence and prepare them for their next steps.
Open to anyone who will be studying in Years 10, 11 or 12, in the academic year 2019-20, PLACED Academy has an emphasis on being accessible to all and pushes for diversification in the creative sector. Unlike many courses, it is completely free to attend the year long programme.
PLACED will work with young people who are considering college, university, an apprenticeship or work experience as their next step. Young people do not need any specific skills, knowledge or previous experience – just enthusiasm to get involved and take part. PLACED will work with participants to develop a bespoke programme to support their desired path.
Applicants will work alongside professional architects, planners and urban designers, as well as current students – providing real insider knowledge, which would otherwise be restricted for those looking to study or gain experience in the field in the future.
PLACED Director, Jo Harrop states: "PLACED are 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".
Associate Director and Strategic Ambassador for PLACED, Chithra Marsh, added: "In recent years, the built environment sector has experienced an ongoing skills shortage. There is a pressing need to do more to inspire young people to consider a career in the industry, by encouraging them to explore the wide range of jobs available.
"The PLACED Academy programme will enable participants to gain real, relevant insight into careers in the sector and will be an important tool in creating a diversified industry in the future. We are proud to support PLACED on this programme and look forward to helping young people access new opportunities and achieve their ambitions."
PLACED works across the North West to deliver creative education and engagement programmes about the built environment. The Liverpool-based social enterprise has delivered projects such as nationally recognised ‘Hidden Liverpool’ and month long pop-up, Ed’s Place.
To find out more visit: www.placed-academy.com