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Property Needs You – Competition Challenge Closing Date 17.12.23

The challenge asks young people – aged 13-21 – to submit design ideas for a local space in their town, city, school or neighbourhood that would benefit from a makeover and design thinking.

All types of spaces – including buildings, parks, schools, streets and stations – can become the focus of the design with entrants able to portray their vision in a variety of formats, from sketches to mood boards, virtual creations to 3D models.

As part of the application, entrants are asked why they chose the particular space to redesign, and for their vision of what the space could become. Alongside the 5 internships on offer to winners aged 16 and above, 3 runner up prizes include school/college workshops.

A worksheet is available for those wishing to undertake the challenge as a team project. Young people can also enter the challenge on an individual basis.

The firms backing the challenge are:

  • Allsop LLP
  • Avison Young
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate
  • Carter Jonas LLP
  • CBRE
  • Colliers International
  • Cushman and Wakefield
  • Gerald Eve LLP
  • JLL
  • Knight Frank
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Savills

The challenge will be judged by:

  • Lydia Ings, HR Director at Colliers
  • Mark Winsor, Talent & Development Manager at Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Katherine Bowen, Partner at Allsop
  • Evita Dainauskaite, Graduate Recruitment Assistant at Savills, and
  • Hebe Williams, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Savills

Hebe Williams, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Savills, said: “The idea behind the challenge is to encourage young people to think creatively about their local environment, and a particular space they’ve chosen to redesign, thinking about the potential of the space. In particular, thinking about what it could do and who could use it, and the impact that could have on their life and the lives of others.

“Young people are responsible for the built environment of the future, from where we live to where we go to school, work and play. The challenge is a chance for entrants to really consider the role they could play in positively influencing the built environment, local communities and ultimately, people’s lives. And of course, the 5 internships on offer will give winners the chance to gain valuable work experience with one of the world’s top property firms.”

The challenge closes on the 17th December 2023 and can be entered at:

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Being part of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub has been pivotal to the development of careers provision in our school. The Hub have shared good practice across their members resulting in a stronger focus on good quality provision. The annual event enabled the hub to share their vision of School Improvement Through The Lens of Careers and looking beyond the Benchmarks. It was a fantastic opportunity to share different models of school improvement and strategies to further develop careers provision to enhance the future opportunities of our young people.

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