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First ever Architecture Apprenticeships approved \

Foster + Partners has chaired a Trailblazer Group of 20 architectural practices to create the UK's first Architecture Apprenticeship Standards, in collaboration with RIBA, ARB and over 12 UK universities.

The group has developed two apprenticeships standards: Architectural Assistant, which comprises of Part 1 qualification, and Architect, which includes Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications. Both these standards have now been approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships combine practical experience in the workplace with academic training provided by a university. The academic training can be delivered by any UK university offering a prescribed course. Apprentices are exempted from paying tuition fee and will also receive a salary and other employee related benefits.

The apprenticeships have been set up to improve the link between practice and academic, while also contributing to improving diversity in the profession. The approval of the scheme demonstrates how the industry can work together to make a positive contribution in the development of the profession.

Click here for more information on the apprenticeship standards for Architectural Assistant or here for Architect.

The Architecture Trailblazer includes:

  • Chair: Foster + Partners
  • Lipscomb Jones Architects (Architectural Assistant standard sub-lead)
  • Hawkins\Brown (Architect standard sub-lead)
  • Seven Architecture (Architectural Assistant assessment sub-lead)
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (Architectural Assistant assessment sub-lead)
  • Scott Brownrigg (Architect assessment sub-lead)
  • Pollard Thomas Edwards (Architecture Apprenticeships Guide sub-lead)
  • Alford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • ARUP
  • BDP
  • Grimshaw Architects
  • HLM Architects
  • HOK
  • HTA Design LLP
  • Perkins + Will
  • PLP Architecture
  • Purcell
  • Ryder
  • Stanton Williams
  • tp bennett LLP

A number of universities are expected to be ready to deliver courses in September 2018.

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