21st november 2018
Yesterday evening, Fran Jones, and AHP's latest recruit, Architectural Apprentice Lily Smith, attended the fantastic Employment Futures Expo at Chase Terrace Technology College. As a way of engaging the students (and parents) into discussing routes into a career in Architecture, we took our Oculus Rift virtual reality headset along. Visitors to the stand took a virtual tour around a residential development (which is currently in for planning permission), and a contemporary dental unit.
We spent over 2 hours talking to students and parents, and had a queue for the VR kit for most of the evening!
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With the recent growth in apprenticeships via the National Apprenticeship Scheme, the route into Architecture has become more accessible to students of all ages and backgrounds. It was a pleasure to discuss this and share our experience of the scheme, and hopefully we inspired a couple of students to consider a career in Architecture.
Thank you to Julie Poppleton and her team for a very well organised and attended event; we will certainly be back next year.
Our favourite quote of the evening:
Fran: Hiya, are you interested in Architecture?
Student: What is it?
Fran: Real life Minecraft
Student: Got it.