Giving youth a chance to help transform two popular Cambridgeshire libraries

19 October 2022

Creative youngsters with an eye on a career in design are being offered a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative project which will transform two Cambridgeshire libraries.

The council recently signed an agreement with Jan Kattein Architects to develop and install state-of-the-art community spaces at Cambridge Central and March libraries as part of the EverySpace project.

As the project enters its next phase, Cambridgeshire Libraries and the leading architects are offering two places for young budding designers (aged 16-18) to join their design mentorship scheme.

The lucky pair will gain an insight into the professional design industry, with a chance to pursue their ambitions with experience towards a potential future career. The hopefuls with also receive first hand advice on university admissions, be given help to create a professional design portfolio and advice on further career paths.

Cllr Tom Sanderson, Chair of the council’s Communities, Social Mobility and Inclusion committee, said: “This is an exciting opportunity which will be a great experience for a young person looking to get into the design industry and will stand out on CVs.

“EverySpace will make a huge difference to the way the two libraries are used and benefit residents for years to come, so if you would like to be a part of this project please get in touch.”

Key characteristics that will be looked for include; good time keeping, the ability to communicate clearly and an artistic flair. The role will require you to have regular interactions with members of the public, staff and other volunteers.

As part of the mentorship, the successful applicants will be asked to give a minimum of four hours a month for the duration of the project, as well as joining in face-to-face public consultations sessions and promotional events. These events will include encouraging feedback from members of the public about the design. They will be asked to visit your chosen library with staff during the installation period and provide assistance where needed. They will also spend one day at the Jan Kattein Architects’ London based studio and participate in design work, led by an award-winning team.

Successful applicants may be asked to assist in the delivery of interactive craft workshops for young people and review different versions of the new design with library staff and focus groups, both virtually and in person.

For more information visit here. Applications close midnight on 30 October 2022.