The RIBA currently estimates that the cost of an architectural education sits at around £100,000. For the majority of young people, this is simply unaffordable, and the routes of access into the profession are substantially narrowed.
The apprenticeship scheme seeks to increase access into the profession of architecture without these crippling costs, promote equality of opportunity and provide a path for young people from diverse backgrounds for whom studying to become an architect might otherwise be impossible. The initiative embraces Apt’s ‘Employee-Owned Trust’ status which seeks to create an attractive place to work where everyone (irrespective of seniority or longevity) is valued and rewarded.
Working with London South Bank University, the National Apprenticeship service and neighbouring schools, Apt will offer a viable scheme which will enable a school or college leaver to work as an employee at the firm (with a full, living wage and employee benefits) and study for the four-year architecture degree course at LSBU, fully funded.
On Monday the 8th February, four members of the Apt studio are meeting groups of students to present their scheme and opportunity. Candidates will then have the opportunity to apply for the post which is being advertised online here.
Interested applicants will be required to provide a portfolio of work and will be invited to attend an open day at the studio when restrictions allow.
The new Apt apprentice will commence their employment in August 2021.