During the session Helen Taylor, our Director of Practice, provided an overview of the Apprenticeship scheme and how it came to be, from the early days of the Trailblazer Group to the current programmes offered by universities, particularly focused on Level 7. Associate Dagmar Binsted, one of our mentors, shared our experience of supporting apprentices including tops tips to consider, followed by speakers from other architectural practices who talked about their experiences. Oscar Watkins joined the session to talk about the London Progression Collaboration, a not-for-profit innovative initiative to create new apprenticeships to help Londoners to progress in work, including supporting smaller organisations with accessing the funding.
The speakers were joined by representatives from other practices in a discussion panel which explored how vital apprenticeships are in opening up the industry to wider and more diverse communities. The panelists explored the benefits of having apprentices on board, the different university providers they collaborate with, the highlights, as well as lessons learnt.
The event aimed to promote apprenticeships as a debt-free route for students to achieve their dreams of becoming a qualified architect and as an invaluable period of combined academic learning and practical work, whilst being mentored by experienced architects and building professional relationships and networks with colleagues, clients and the wider industry.