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Call for Sheffield’s young people to try out the property sector

Sheffield’s bright young minds are being given the chance to make their mark in the property and regeneration industry.

Regeneration Brainery, an interactive programme aimed at getting young people from a range of backgrounds into a career in the built environment, comes to Sheffield later this month.

The industry led, year round programme operates in various cities across the UK and works with more than 100 young adults each year.

The next week long Brainery is taking place for the first time in Sheffield between October 28 and November 1, with support from partners including Homes England, Lambert Smith Hampton and DLA Piper.

The brainchild of developers CAPITAL&CENTRIC, the workshop will give 16 – 21 year olds from across the city the chance to be mentored by some of the biggest names in property.

The students, known as ‘Brainees’, will have the chance to speak to John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and many others from the private sector including Arup, Turner & Townsend and Rider Levett Bucknall.

Tim Heatley of CAPITAL&CENTRIC said: “Property and regeneration touches everyone’s lives, shaping our towns and cities. So, it’s dead important that we encourage bright young minds from a diverse range of backgrounds to get involved.

“The Brainery’s about showing young people how exciting the sector can be. This isn’t some stuffy seminar. It involves interactive workshops, visits to construction sites and workplaces, and practical skills to get ahead in the industry.

“You also get the chance to mix with the movers and shakers of the property sector, building up your networks which for many of our brainees has led to work experience and jobs.”

John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said: “The opportunity to network and learn new skills is invaluable when you’re starting out in a career, and the Sheffield Brainery is a fantastic chance for young people in the city to gain first-hand experience of the workplace and develop contacts that may be incredibly helpful later on in life.

“I’d encourage anyone interested in building a career in property and regeneration, whether it’s architecture and landscaping or interior design, to make the most of your half term and apply to get involved.”

A previous graduate of the programme Nathan Doyle said: “Regeneration Brainery has been a massive opportunity for me to gain vital experience in industry. It has helped me secure a paid work experience placement at a main contractor. I plan to carry on searching for a degree apprenticeship in construction management and I believe the Brainery has put me in a good place for this.”  

Nick Mullins of Lambert Smith Hampton said: “It is a fantastic initiative that genuinely seeks to provide opportunities for the full cross-section of our young people to gain a better understanding of the property industry and whether it is an option as a career choice.

“I remember growing up without any understanding or knowledge of how to access a career in the property industry. I didn’t know the wide range of avenues I could have explored related to the industry and there certainly wasn’t an initiative such as the Regeneration Brainery that actively promoted the industry.

“As an industry we should be proud of what we do and we should want to bring that to the attention of as many people as possible so we can continue to attract the best talent to help us continue improving our built environment.”

People with an interest in built environment, including subjects such as development, architecture, planning, interior and exterior design, construction, communications, and property services should take part.

You can find out more and apply at Places are filling up fast. For those not lucky enough to make it onto this month’s event they can register for future Brainery events on the website.



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