Arcadis designers and engineers mentor and coach students in STEM skills as part of The Perry Bar Regeneration Challenge


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Regeneration challenge sees Arcadis promoting STEM

Regeneration challenge sees Arcadis promoting STEM

Prime employer Arcadis is working with Ahead Partnership in The Perry Barr Regeneration Challenge to raise the profile of STEM qualifications by providing unique design challenges to UK students.

Raising the profile of STEM qualifications

Arcadis spent time coaching and mentoring 44 students from Great Barr Academy in the West Midlands, UK, as they became engineers, planners and developers for the day. The teams worked on a real-life brief focused on the regeneration of the Perry Barr area in north Birmingham, which will form part of the Athletes’ Village for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. It is expected that the level of planned investment in housing, transport, public realm and community facilities in and around Perry Barr will act as a catalyst for wider regeneration and create a long-lasting legacy after the Games.   

Many of the students taking part live in Perry Barr, and for them it was a unique insight into the world of masterplanning, engineering, transport planning and other areas of the industry. They worked through a series of bespoke workshops with designers and engineers from Arcadis, who helped them to develop their ideas.

Learning about emerging technologies

Students also worked with members of Arcadis’ supply chain to gain a better understanding of the breadth of careers available on a regeneration scheme. 

They were able to experiment with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality software to understand how these emerging technologies are being used in the built environment industry, before presenting their ideas to industry judges. The team that best met the brief won. 

Students developed new skills and were able to find out about different career paths, such as apprenticeships, as well as contributing a valuable perspective on plans for their local area.

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