Capital&Centric brings Regeneration Brainery to Stoke-on-Trent

Regeneration Brainery, a national programme offering young people an insight into the built environment is set to take place in Stoke-on-Trent.

Capital&Centric brings Regeneration Brainery to Stoke-on-Trent | BTR News

A national programme to give young people an insight into the built environment is set to take place in Stoke-on-Trent. Regeneration Brainery is a not-for-profit programme created by Capital&Centric, the social impact developers partnering with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to deliver the Goods Yard – a £60m plan to transform an industrial site next to Stoke-on-Trent’s mainline train station into a destination Build to Rent neighbourhood.

Regeneration Brainery is an immersive workshop where young people from a range of backgrounds can spend time with and learn from leaders in the built environment sector. It’s planned to take place in Stoke-on-Trent from 6 to 10 February 2023, with young people from Stoke-on-Trent College set to take part in the initial sessions.

The Brainery aims to link young people who might have an initial interest in the sector with mentors who can give them advice on starting their career. It features a mix of talks, construction site visits and group workshop tasks.

The Brainery, working in collaboration with the Stoke-on-Trent Careers Hub, is aligned with the council’s aim to support 14- to 25-year-olds in developing skills and qualifications to meet the needs of employers in the city.

“Regeneration shapes the places we live and work – it offers exciting and diverse job opportunities that young people often aren’t aware of, from architecture to marketing.

“If we’re to create inclusive and diverse neighbourhoods, we need to have ideas and solutions from young people from a range of backgrounds. We set up the Brainery to get young people fired up about what they could achieve from a career in regeneration.

“We can’t wait to bring the Brainery to young people in Stoke-on-Trent who may have an inkling of interest in regeneration. From the thousands of people who’ve come through the Brainery doors so far, many of them say it inspired them to explore a future in regeneration.”

Tim Heatley, Co-Founder, Capital&Centric

Over 5000 students across five major cities including Manchester and London have taken part, with over 500 industry mentors actively involved. The team plans to expand into new locations, including Stoke-on-Trent, Leeds and Liverpool.

The Brainery in Stoke-on-Trent is part of a strategy to ensure that the Goods Yard development – backed by the Government’s Levelling Up funding – leaves a positive and lasting legacy in the region. It’s estimated the construction phase of the project will generate 12 apprenticeships, 12 work placements, and eight new entrant jobs as well as the employment of local construction labour.

“We’re very excited about the Regeneration Brainery coming to Stoke-on-Trent and it’s great to be working with social impact developer Capital&Centric in creating local opportunities as part of the Goods Yard development.

“Our regeneration projects are not just about creating fabulous places to live, work and enjoy. Right from the outset, the development process offers many opportunities to create jobs and skills that are key to Levelling Up Stoke-on-Trent.

“We want young people to be inspired by the changing city and the opportunities this brings. The Regeneration Brainery will showcase a wide range of potential careers that all contribute to the development and regeneration industry. We hope that students in the class of 23 will be planning and building the Stoke-on-Trent of the future.”

Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council