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HLM Architects, part of the Trailblazer group, is supporting Daniel Stokes and its team as one of the first apprentices

The Trailblazer group of architects launched the first architecture apprenticeship scheme last year.

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships have on society. The scheme was launched last year by RIBA and Trailblazer.

Training to be an architect is a long and expensive process. You need about £45-48K full time to qualify. The apprenticeship scheme allows individuals to learn architecture over a part-time-study period, allowing students to work at the same time.

Daniel Stokes

Daniel is studying at Southbank University, one of the first to offer the course. Daniel commented: “This apprenticeship scheme is a major step forward for the architecture profession. It opens up architecture to more people, diversifying the profession and enriching our contribution to the built environment.”

Karen Mosley, Managing Director of HLM Architects, added: “The new apprenticeship scheme is a brilliant initiative that opens up architecture to everyone, at a time when the construction sector is experiencing a decline in student numbers.

“Importantly, it also links practice and academia, so apprentices can learn the technical and design process at university while enhancing wider softer skills within a practice, such as communication, team working and business acumen. This benefits the apprentice, our business and ultimately the communities and users of the architecture we deliver.

“At HLM, we’re a great believer in apprenticeships across our business and currently have several underway for those in support and administrative roles. It’s a major step forward that we can now also offer this route to our design team too.”

The qualifications now available through the RIBA scheme are Level 6 architectural assistant including Part I qualification and Level 7 architect, which includes Part II and Part III.

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