At Ingleton Wood we are passionate about cultivating a community that not only delivers award-winning property and development consultancy, but one that helps nurture and develop our industry’s next generation.
Since 2015, Ingleton Wood has offered degree apprenticeships for future architects, engineers, and surveyors in association with London South Bank University (LSBU) and Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford.
As part of World Youth Skills Day (15th July), we caught up with several of our budding apprentices to learn more about their experiences of the programme.
Kai Filbert and Asma Parker joined our Colchester office in September 2021 on four-year Level 6 Architectural Assistant Apprenticeships – equivalent to an architecture part one degree – with the aim of becoming fully qualified Architectural Assistants.
During this time, they have had the opportunity to develop and learn a range of skills.
Asma said: “Throughout my time as an apprentice, I have developed very useful professional communication skills, weather that be verbal or written through my drawings.
“I have also learnt resilience and perseverance that have, so far, shaped me into a more productive and efficient architect.”
Kai added: “Since starting my apprenticeship I have developed a wide range of professional skills that help me with my day-to-day work. One of the biggest skills I have developed is my use of CAD and other related software – this is something that I use daily in both work and university. I’ve also gained a large amount of experience in meetings, talking to clients and other disciplines as well as practical experience on site visits and surveys.”
This direct exposure to the day-to-day role and opportunity to work with numerous field experts is something that has further motivated and inspired many of our apprentices.
Sam Boone, Building Services Engineering Apprentice at Ingleton Wood, said:
“My career goal is to be a Charted Engineer as well as a member of the Society of Light and Lighting. The skills developed during my day-to-day work at Ingleton Wood improves my technical experience and broadens my portfolio. This will only grow over the course of my apprenticeship and will contribute towards me achieving these long-term goals.
“The apprenticeship has been a benefit as I have improved my knowledge and skills within the workplace much quicker than I would have going through a full-time degree.”
Speaking about his career aspirations, Kai said: “My main aim is to successfully complete my apprenticeship to a good standard and become a qualified architect. My daily experience at Ingleton Wood allows me to develop the design and justification skills necessary for delivering high-quality services on projects. Support from my mentors has been crucial; I receive regular feedback on project work which aids me in achieving the required outcomes in each unique project.”
Ingleton Wood are proud to have 15 wonderful apprentices developing their skillsets with us, and we are excited to continue to invest in this programme. Our commitment to “growing our own” is what makes Ingleton Wood a special place to work.