ISG

“Encouraging the brightest and best young talent to build a rewarding and fulfilling career within the built environment sector is critical to the future prosperity of our industry. For a sector that is fundamental to our health, wellbeing and way of life, we often fail to properly articulate the wealth of opportunities that exist for aspirational young people, especially those with limited direct connections to the industry through family and friends.

“The PLACED Digital Academy is an excellent way for us to reach out to those audiences and high-achieving individuals who might never have considered a career within construction, challenging outdated perceptions and providing a real insight into this dynamic and tech-led global sector. We are looking forward to working closely with students over the course of the year.”

Profile

We are ISG, a global construction specialist delivering places where people and businesses thrive. Our vision comes to life through partnership. We build relationships on trust, collaboration and open communication, because it’s the only way to create places as smart and resilient as the people who use them. We’ve come this far because we embrace change; we don’t just talk about what our industry needs to shape its future, we’re also working to make it happen. We need innovative and creative skills, along with diversity and fresh thinking, to reflect the clients we work with and the communities we work in. 

Launching the PLACED Digital Academy!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of PLACED Digital Academy – a FREE to access, creative programme about the built environment for 14-18 year olds. 

The shift to a digital Academy for 2020-21 is in response to the current Covid-19 crisis, when supporting young people in taking positive steps towards their future is more important than ever.

The Academy is designed to tackle the barriers that young people face in accessing professional careers in the built environment. It seeks to support greater diversity in the sector, enable participants to develop their skills and confidence and empower them as active members of society. It is being delivered in partnership with the University of Liverpool School of Environmental Sciences, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Regenda Group, along with support from amazing sponsors.  

The ten-week digital programme will give 30 young people the opportunity to participate in an exciting programme of activities about the built environment, with online workshops, tutorials and guidance from industry mentors.

Participants will take part in online workshops, including design projects, skills development activity, professional skill sessions and one-to-one support, helping them to feel confident as they take their next steps on their journeys. Young people will be supported by the PLACED team and fantastic mentor Ambassadors, built environment professionals and students. Mentors will include architects, planners, interior designers and landscape architects, offering young people a unique insight into careers and study routes.

One previous Academy participant states:

“The Placed Academy has really benefited me in many ways. It has boosted my confidence, developed my teamwork skills and has truly given me an insight into the built environment and what a career would be like in it. It is a great opportunity”. 

The 2020 digital Academy builds upon the success of PLACED’s first Academy programme, which ran from July 2019 until May 2020, as a series of face-to-face activities and workshops. 35 young people graduated from the programme in May. Their time on the programme has seen them become confident, informed young people able to think creatively to solve problems and develop ideas. 

PLACED Director, Jo Harrop says 

“At PLACED, we believe creative learning is an invaluable tool in developing young people’s confidence, self-belief and skills. Making the built environment the focus of this creativity means we can create empowered young citizens who know their view matters and that they have the potential to shape the places in which they live. 

We also believe it is a priority to support young people under-represented in the built environment in accessing the sector: whether young women, those from black and ethnic minority communities and those from less privileged areas. Only by supporting greater diversity through education can we create better, stronger and more understanding communities who can make a difference. 

That is why we established the PLACED Academy and we are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from our Partners and Sponsors.”

To find out more and get involved explore the pages on this website, and find out more about PLACED at placed.org.uk. Applications are open until 30th June. 

Sketching with Louise

We had the pleasure of working with our good friend and Academy Sponsor, Louise of Intrinsic, to run a sketching session for our participants. You can see a small selection of her amazing work above!

This session was highly-anticipated with the group which was due to take place in-person before the COVID situation took hold. So, we took the session online instead, and this was so successful we ended up running two sessions!

The first session was inspired by an online workshop Louise took part in with the Urban Sketches Milano group. After an introduction with some tips and tricks, we did sketches which looked out of our window for an hour. We then came back on to zoom to share our results!

Here are some of the wonderful submissions we received in the first session!

The second session started with Louise demonstrating a couple of quick sketching techniques, then focussing a session looking at interior spaces and objects.

Submissions are below!

Thanks again to Louise for holding these online sketching sessions, all of the participants loved it and have got a huge amount out of it regardless of their experience or confidence in drawing.

See more of Louise’s work below: