The PLACED Academy is a FREE to access, creative programme about the built environment for 14-18 year olds. This programme is designed to increase participants’ self-esteem, break down barriers to professional careers through bringing participants and professionals together, exposing participants to a variety of conventional and non-conventional routes to your career goals and developing a broad range of skills.

We are planning to run another Digital Academy in 2021, so please check back for dates.

Our first Academy programme was first delivered between July 2019 and April 2020 as a series of face-to-face activities and workshops. In light of COVID-19, the PLACED Academy 2020 transitioned to 2 free online programmes that each ran over 10-weeks between July and December. 

If you are looking for a creative programme that supports you in helping to shape the places we live, work and spend time, then the PLACED Academy is for you!

We are currently running an online PLACED Academy Insights programme, a free to attend programme of events about careers and skills in the built environment. Head to our Insights blog page to find out more and book!

It really helps with making new friends, finding out more about the built environment and what jobs it could lead you to in the future, and is a great thing to put on your CV!”

Amelia, 2020 Academy Participant 

This is a programme from PLACED, a social enterprise delivering creative education and engagement programmes about the built environment across the North West.

Our 2020 Digital programme would not be possible without the support and generosity of our partners and sponsors listed below. Click on their logos to find out more information about them. If you are interested in supporting the next Academy, please head to Support the Academy.

2020-21 Partners

2020-21 SPONSOR +

2020-21 Sponsors


“Do it. It opens so many doors and gives you a better understanding of the built environment. Plus, it lets you meet new interesting people who have passion for the built environment like you”. 

Liam, Academy Participant