Welcome to our DEC placement student!
We're often painfully aware that the models of architectural education and entry to the profession are pretty broken, but all too often there seems to be little we can do about it. But not here in Essex - we're really excited to be part of a new programme that gives opportunities, experience and skills to young people in a completely new way for our sector.
Clacton Coastal Academy has been developing their own version of the Design, Engineer, Construct course - an A-level equivalent - which allows students to spend 2 days a week in a work placement with a leading local employer. Starting with Ingleton Wood initially, this year we have joined in (along with Purcell's Colchester office) and we're delighted that we hosted our student, Paddy, for the first time last week.
Clacton is an area with real challenges where even the best students can leave school with little capacity to progress into higher education or good jobs. As a practice we're really keen to help develop a local skills base but also to support alternative routes into architecture. We're so glad that we're helping test a new way of addressing this - watch this space for updates as the year goes on!
If you would like a fuller briefing on the project, do just drop us a line.