A new scheme to ‘inspire a new, diverse generation of young people into property and regeneration’ has been backed by Homes England. The organisation has become a trustee of the Regeneration Brainery, which pairs 16-21-year-olds with well-known mentors from across the industry. Following a successful pilot last summer, Homes England sponsored 2018’s programme, and the first week-long ‘brainery’ took place in Manchester over Easter. There will be two further events in other city centre locations later this year. Homes England say it is part of a drive to ‘challenge perceptions of regeneration, promoting people from a diverse array of backgrounds to play a role in shaping our towns and cities.’ Mentors include property developers, investors, local authority figures including chief Executives, project managers, agents, planners, designers,  architects, and marketers. Nick Walkley, chief executive of Homes England, said: ‘Creating vibrant new places and providing quality homes for people should be hugely inspiring career choices. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Thomas Barrett is a journalist at New Start magazine. Follow him on Twitter