‘Inspire Scholarship Scheme’ with bConstructive


bConstructive brings together information that can help lead to a rewarding and exciting career in the construction industry.

Through bConstructive, young people can apply for apprenticeships and find out what working in construction is really like. Find out more and apply on the apprenticeships page

bConstructive is also involved with the Inspire Scholarship Scheme. The scheme is to support undergraduates who want to work in the industry in the Contracting Sector, with the scholar receiving £1,000 per annum for up to three years. Scholars should expect to work with their sponsoring employer every summer to gain valuable paid work experience. 

Find out more on the programme page


Career Support with the RTPI


The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.

The RTPI has a number of VET initiatives to help those in the planning profession find employment, legal advice and even guidance on starting a business. Their aim is to help their members through key points in their careers.

For more information visit RTPI’s Career Support page.

For students and graduates in the planning profession, the RTPI recommends that graduates approach employers through the RTPI Linked In group.

For more information, visit the RTPI’s internship and work experience page.

‘ArchiGRAD’ helps graduates into employment


ArchiGRAD began in 2010 as a response to the increasing number of unemployed graduates in the built environment. The scheme is in association with Northern Architecture, +3 Architecture, Northumbria University and Newcastle University.

In 2012, ArchiGRAD launched Summer Schools, getting 36 university students work experience with local practices.

Currently, GRADs are involved in the following activities:

  • Design projects
  • Research projects
  • Portfolio Speed Dating
  • Individual portfolio tips
  • Social events
  • Competitions, internal and external
  • Access to other consultants
  • Access to office CPD events
  • Live Builds
  • Presentations to real clients

For more information and to get involved, visit the ArchiGRAD website

Or to contact Northern Architecture, who support the scheme: info@northernarchitecture.com

RIBA’s ‘Host Practice’ Scheme


Came across this interesting initiative from the RIBA – seems a win win for both graduate and practice…

Host Practice is designed to support Part 1 and 2 architecture graduates to develop their professional experience and skills when they have been unable to find suitable work placements.

The initiative acknowledges that due to the effects of the economic downturn there are empty desks in practices and existing resources that would benefit graduates. Host Practice enables practices to offer these desk spaces to graduates to work on independent or personal projects relating to architecture.

This scheme enables practices and graduates to come together outside of the traditional employer-employee relationship. Graduates are offered an overview of practice activities and the opportunity to develop their own professional networks while engaging in activities related to the practice of architecture, including competitions, private commissions and research.

For more information see http://www.architecture.com/EducationAndCareers/CareersAndOpportunities/HostPractice/HostPractice.aspx#about


MADE has been developing a way to tackle the obstacles that unemployed graduates in the built environment subjects face.

MADE GRADs is a self-managing group that helps graduates launch their careers by taking on projects for the community, entering competitions and running events like CV and interview workshops.  MADE GRADs have recently completed an exciting project designing family housing for Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter as part of CABEs Design Your Own Neighbourhood Programme


Grads present proposals to group of stakeholders


Grads exhibit proposals for community to see


Grads consult the community on what they want

MADEGrads meet every Wednesday in a local architects practice, they are self managing, supporting and have a facebook page to recruit new members, where needed their work is supported by architecture tutors for example Kevin Singh, Head of the School of Architecture at BCU, and other design professionals.

The composition of the group varies as members find work, many of then citing their involvement in the group as being a way to help them find work, discover opportunities  make connections with practices, meet other graduates in the same situation and keep their skills current and give them an advantage as having worked on real life projects when applying for roles.