Training and education are at the heart of promoting equity for all. With the right skills and opportunities, we can create an equal society.
The first step to achieve equity within our industry is through contributing to education programmes for a diverse section of society, promoting careers in architecture and associated industries and sharing skills.
We collaborate with local schools and colleges to introduce the next generation to architecture, either directly through careers events and school workshops or through schemes like ‘NLA Learning’ which aim to inspire primary school pupils about London’s built environment and the range of careers available within it.
In collaboration with social enterprise, Beyond the Box, we created an interactive project to work with young people in hard to reach communities to interpret and communicate issues around climate change to their peers, and offer opportunities to build skills and connections.
We are partners with Shape My City, an award-winning talent accelerator programme for 15-18 year olds that seeks to change the future workforce across the built environment. We most recently lead a creative workshop on creative reuse with the students and continue to support the programme initiatives.
Social Value is a key tenet in the majority of both our public and private projects. Training schemes are delivered as a core part of projects, including the ’Get into Construction’ programme at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings to give unemployed people a taster session in traditional construction techniques, and ‘Forging Futures’ at Kirkstall Forge focussed on training local people in skilled work.
An education in architecture has for too long proved too expensive for many in society.
To address this and help improve the diversity of social backgrounds and access to the profession, FCBStudios have been key members of the profession’s trailblazing group to establish the Architectural Apprenticeship scheme.
We are now actively training two architects through this scheme.