‘ArchiGRAD’ helps graduates into employment

.ArchiGRAD

ArchiGRAD began in 2010 as a response to the increasing number of unemployed graduates in the built environment. The scheme is in association with Northern Architecture, +3 Architecture, Northumbria University and Newcastle University.

In 2012, ArchiGRAD launched Summer Schools, getting 36 university students work experience with local practices.

Currently, GRADs are involved in the following activities:

  • Design projects
  • Research projects
  • Portfolio Speed Dating
  • Individual portfolio tips
  • Social events
  • Competitions, internal and external
  • Access to other consultants
  • Access to office CPD events
  • Live Builds
  • Presentations to real clients

For more information and to get involved, visit the ArchiGRAD website

Or to contact Northern Architecture, who support the scheme: info@northernarchitecture.com

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The Convention – Social Council

Social Council of the Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology (FA WrUT)

On 15.05.2013 r. at Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology first meeting of Convention – Social Council of FA WrUT was held. Organization supports the Faculty by offering advisory services in order to increase integration of educational program with demands labor market. It comprises representatives of, in particular: state bodies, local government bodies, employers related to the profession of architect and urban planner, institutions which have significant influence on the profession of architect and urban planner, including Professional Associations, social organizations, scientific, professional and artistic association institutions and associations.

The key objectives of the Convent – Social Council are: consultation with its members of educational programs developed by the Faculty of Architecture in order to meet the current needs of the labor market, cooperation in the development of apprenticeship programs for Faculty of Architecture’s students and their implementation, cooperation in the field of international student exchange programs in order to implement the apprenticeship, involvement in the diploma evaluation as a professional environmental consultants and institutions interested in the topic of theses, participation in the monitoring process of the Faculty of Architecture graduate’s careers.

First part of the meeting was led by Head Dean of Faculty Prof. Elżbieta Trocka-Leszczyńska, PhD Eng (Arch), second by newly selected chairman of Convention architect Edward Lach. Vice Dean of Studies Bogusław Wowrzeczka, PhD Eng (Arch) presented aims and objectives of the Council and regulation assumptions. After official part when members received notice of appointment and selected among themselves chairman – aforementioned – and vice-chairman – architect Agnieszka Szczepańska, the discussion began. It concerned changes at the Faculty, academic educational process, possible modifications, current labor market, graduates barriers and opportunities, links between professional chambers, business and University. There is no doubt that new members will very shortly take part in Faculty’s activities with new ideas and professional knowledge.

As an outcome of collaboration a lot of new perspectives can be opened for Faculty and most of all students and graduates. It is a positive phenomenon that will last much longer than time-frames of Leonardo 2012 project. It is going to affect educational process raising up its quality and standards of tutoring at Faculty of Architecture of WrTU.

MADEGrads

MADE has been developing a way to tackle the obstacles that unemployed graduates in the built environment subjects face.

MADE GRADs is a self-managing group that helps graduates launch their careers by taking on projects for the community, entering competitions and running events like CV and interview workshops.  MADE GRADs have recently completed an exciting project designing family housing for Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter as part of CABEs Design Your Own Neighbourhood Programme

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Grads present proposals to group of stakeholders

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Grads exhibit proposals for community to see

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Grads consult the community on what they want

MADEGrads meet every Wednesday in a local architects practice, they are self managing, supporting and have a facebook page to recruit new members, where needed their work is supported by architecture tutors for example Kevin Singh, Head of the School of Architecture at BCU, and other design professionals.

The composition of the group varies as members find work, many of then citing their involvement in the group as being a way to help them find work, discover opportunities  make connections with practices, meet other graduates in the same situation and keep their skills current and give them an advantage as having worked on real life projects when applying for roles.