Speaking today, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President Ben Derbyshire said:
“It is with great excitement that we welcome the news of the approval for the first ever Architecture Apprenticeships.”
This initiative was created to attract young people to study architecture, also to help diversify the profession by providing more accessible routes to employment opportunities.
There is currently an underrepresentation of architects from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds as they face barriers to full-time education; this represents a large talent pool that perhaps would not have the support or feel unable to pursue a career in this industry.
The RIBA has been working with a Trailblazer Group of 20 architectural practices coordinated by Peter Garstecki of Foster + Partners and has developed two Apprenticeship Standards which have now been approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships.
Talking about this initiative, Ben Derbyshire said:
“[It] 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. The exposure to contemporary architectural business will be a major benefit for students and practices will also benefit from the challenge of a new commitment to developing talent.”