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PLACED Academy 2023-2024

PLACED Academy 2023-2024

The PLACED Academy is a free to access, creative programme about the built environment for 14-18 year olds from across the northwest, empowering young people to shape the places we live, work and spend time.

Are you in Year 9, 10, 11 or 12 and interested in Design, Architecture and Places?

Join PLACED Academy for our free award-winning creative programme. You’ll meet professionals in the industry, learn about careers, take on creative design challenges, develop skills, enhance your CV, and make new friends.

What to expect

  • Participate in creative projects, develop design, communication, problem-solving and teamworking skills.
  • Grow in confidence and shape future decisions about where you live.
  • Enhance your CV and applications for higher education and work.
  • Learn about careers in the built environment, from architecture to urban design and construction

Below is an overview of the type of activities you can expect in the Academy:

  • Summer Holiday Programme: You will work as a team on creative design projects over several days. We’ll cover planning, regeneration and architecture and learn professional design skills.
  • Design Workshops: Hone your design skills through monthly mini-design challenges, including developing a brief and identifying clients, designing solutions using drawing, model making and presentations.
  • Professional support: You will be supported by PLACED and our wide network of people working and studying in the built environment, giving you a unique insight into careers and study routes, whilst supporting you in developing your skills and knowledge.
  • Skills Development: Work with the PLACED network to develop the skills you need for the next step of your career, including activities such as model making, sketching, Photoshop and presentation skills.
  • Professional Development Sessions: Advice on writing CVs and personal statements, portfolio advice and interview preparation.
  • Graduation: Join your fellow participants, Partners and Sponsors to celebrate your success and mark the beginning of your next steps. All graduates receive a certificate.


Who is this aimed at?

The PLACED Academy is open to 14 to 18 year olds in school years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who live in the northwest of England.

We welcome people of all abilities and backgrounds.



July 2023:

  • 4 day Summer School - Monday 24th to Thursday 27th July 2023

September 2023 to April 2024:

  • Monthly Creative Design Days -  one Saturday a month
  • Monthly Skills Workshops - one evening a month

July 2024:

  • Graduation 
  • (Date TBC)

For specific dates Visit The Programme page on the PLACED Academy website



This programme is free to access.


How to get involved

Apply online, applications close on Friday 16th June 2023

To apply, you:

  • Should be in years 9 – 12 in the Academic Year 2023 and live in the northwest of England.
  • Could have a range of interests, such as architecture, buildings and spaces, how places are designed or built, subjects such as geography, art and design, being creative, or just simply want to find out more about what opportunities exist.
  • Need no particular experience or knowledge – we will work with you to support you on the journey.
  • Are asked to be open, curious and willing to work collaboratively for you to shape your experience of the Academy to your interest and learn from your mentors and peers.
  • Do not have to have decided on what career you want to do.

We ask you to commit to a minimum of 10 days of activity between September 2023 and April 2024. You can then select from monthly workshops to secure your credits.

  • Upon completion, you will be awarded with a certificate of recognition for your work and contribution to the programme which you can add to your profile of achievement.

Visit the Who Can Apply? page on the PLACED Academy website

Visit the PLACE Academy 2023-2024 Application Form on Survey Monkey


Contact details



Phone: 07968 237 280


For further information

For more information about Placed Academy search Placed Academy in this directory.


Visit the PLACED Academy website

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