Holly Becomes HPA Postgraduate Apprentice

HPA are delighted to announce that Holly Bate is to become our postgraduate apprentice, after working for the practice for a full year as an Architectural Assistant.

The apprenticeship itself will last four years – which is the same time frame as if returning to university for Part II and a two year Masters. It is a new form of architectural education following reforms to bridge the gap with work and practice. Holly will complete her Part II and III in a hands-on environment, which is invaluable to developing skills in the industry.

Holly will also attend a remote, part-time course at Northumbria University alongside her apprenticeship, meaning she will work four full days at HPA and dedicate one day to assigned university work. By the end of these four years, she will be a fully qualified Architect, approved by RIBA and the Architects Registration Board.

Holly herself commented that, “It’s strange because you don’t hear a lot about long-term apprenticeships at university level. It was through word of mouth and finding out information for myself, with assistance from my Directors, that I was able to find a course that was the perfect fit for what I actually wanted to do.”

HPA have a longstanding commitment to training and mentoring within the practice, and we are pleased to participate in this new apprentice scheme. Holly’s decision to step into this role is a testament to the learning environment of our company and our ethos of continuous learning.

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