Efe Chamay, was our first apprentice and a member of the inaugural architectural apprentice scheme at Oxford Brooks University. He is currently half-way through his Level 7 programme which includes completion of RIBA Part 2 and Part 3.
On starting the apprenticeship Efe said: “The architectural apprenticeship has allowed me to continue gaining valuable experience in the industry as well as encouraging me to utilise the wealth of knowledge available within the practice. This, combined with the ability to study without the financial burden normally attached is what encouraged me to apply. Although I was keen to return to university after a year in industry, it seemed counter-intuitive and uneconomical. Had it not been for this opportunity I may not have been able to complete my studies.”
This year we celebrate another apprentice within our Practice, Areej Mowhob. Areej has been with WW+P since 2018 following the completion of her Part 1, working on a range of our projects from transportation to housing. Areej says:
“After gaining practice experience, my goal was to continue increasing my professional development, from learning more about different clients and their priorities, to working collaboratively with consultants, and submitting planning application drawings and tender packages.
Although I enjoyed university, I felt that I had gained all the valuable knowledge, thinking processes and creativity that I possibly could, but enjoyed working with real clients and projects more. The architectural apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to continue gaining experience and to implement this into my own apprenticeship projects.
After completing the apprenticeship, it allows you to have four years of practice experience which is so worth it, therefore I am super grateful for this opportunity!”
With the potential to attract those who have never previously considered a career in architecture or attending university, as well as enabling practices to develop existing staff in different roles, apprenticeships represent a significant step on the path towards a more socially inclusive architectural profession.
We are proud to support our very talented people as they continue their education via both the traditional and new study pathways. As well as the apprenticeship scheme, Anna Rennison and Ash Mathur have been joined by Alex Cole on the University of Sheffield’s Collaborative Practice Course, giving them time in practice alongside studying for their Part 2. We also financially support our Part 3 students, making sure there is no barrier to them continuing their architectural career.
To create civilised cities we must invest in a range of architects who can bring both varied skills and diverse understanding to our projects, resulting in better schemes for everyone.