Picture shows students, Dean O'Suilleabhain, Colaiste Eoin; Ellen Prendergast, Loretta Bray; with – Dublin footballer Michael Dara McCauley and Mayo footballer Sarah Tierney at the launch of the Urban Land Institute’s UrbanPlan 2017, which offers Transition Year workshops in urban planning to secondary schools around Ireland. The programme, in its second year, targets 16 and 17 year olds from ten schools who will be selected to take part in interactive workshops provided by industry expert volunteers, and build understanding of the planning and development process for buildings, towns and parks.Pic:Naoise Culhane-no fee

The Urban Land Institute (ULI Ireland) are next week hosting their annual Urban Plan workshop programme in five Irish secondary schools. This fully funded education programme is led by professional facilitators with the assistance of local property experts who volunteer their time. The programme brings the built environment to life for young people through a series of team challenges around the practical challenge of regenerating an urban site.

Chair of ULI Ireland, Marie Hunt said “ULI are delighted to be running the Urban Plan programme in Ireland again this year. This programme, which is specifically geared at secondary schools is an excellent opportunity to introduce young people to the possibility of a career across a range of disciplines in the construction, development, and real estate industry. It helps young people to understand the role that real estate plays in regenerating urban areas. This ties in with Government policy and efforts to encourage more young people into the industry. It also encourages students to take an active role as engaged and informed citizens, helping them to create better and more sustainable communities. We are deeply thankful to the sponsors of this programme (which this year includes the Land Development Agency, The Housing Agency, Hooke & MacDonald, Hibernia Real Estate and CBRE). We also appreciate the volunteers who selflessly give their time to ensure the success of the programme”.

Urban Plan is a highly successful educational programme which has been running for many years in the US. It was redesigned in 2014 by educational professionals, teachers, and industry experts to complement the UK curriculum and since then has been rolled out in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, and France. In 2024, pilots are planned to run in Switzerland, Spain, Poland, and Italy.

For more information about programme, see About Urban Plan