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RIBA to Launch UK's First Apprenticeships

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Students in the United Kingdom will be able to take advantage of architecture apprenticeships for the first time this year, thanks to the Royal Institute of British Architects and a consortium of 20 architecture practices spearheaded by firm Foster + Partners.

The creation of the apprenticeship programs is a response to a demand for an alternate avenue into architecture in the U.K. So far, two offerings have been approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships: one, that accounts for Part I accreditation and allows the student to become an architectural assistant; and the second covers Part II and Part III accreditations, which allows the student to become an architect.

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Both programs—geared primarily toward combining practical experience with academic training—were developed over a period of 18 months by RIBA and architects, including Hawkins/Brown, BDP, Grimshaw, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and HOK, among others.

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U.K. students will be able to take advantage of architecture apprenticeships for the first time this year, thanks to the Royal Institute of British Architects and a consortium of 20 architecture practices spearheaded by Foster + Partners.

"This vital initiative will help us to improve the diversity of our profession, to attract young people to study architecture, and provide more accessible routes to qualification and employment opportunities," said RIBA president Ben Derbyshire.

The programs will be available starting in September, and are slated to last the next four years. Similar to other, endeavors in the U.K., those in these architecture apprenticeships will not need to pay university tuition fees. They will also be paid a salary.

“The approval of the scheme demonstrates how the industry can work together to make a positive contribution in the development of the profession,” RIBA writes on its website.

“A number of universities are now developing their offer and linking up with practices with the expectation of being ready to deliver these courses in September.”

   

Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Education; Worker training

Comment from Ron Ohlenkamp, (7/12/2018, 12:51 PM)

What a great idea! I wonder if such a thing could be done or is in the making in America? There are many construction related management type positions that would really benefit from a hands on "earn while you learn" apprenticeship structure. I believe it would provide a better common sense approach to the management positions because of the time spent on the job site before actually becoming a full flegded PM, Architect, or a handful of other titles in construction.


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