United in Design has announced its first Apprenticeship Scheme is open for entries for enrollment in 2021. The Apprenticeship is open to all final year graduates of undergraduate interiors and spatial programs including Certificate, Diploma and BA students.
The 2021 apprenticeship will grant a one year paid pavement across four prestigious London practices, welcoming applications from black, Asian, and minority ethnic students. The apprenticeship scheme will offer the opportunity for graduates from around the UK to experience what it is like to work in the design industry via a series of short work placements over the period of a year. There are currently six full-time apprenticeship roles available, each offering a salary of £22,000 to support development throughout and encourage applications from a diverse portfolio of early-stage designers.
United in Design has also launched a year-round mentoring program for aspiring black, Asian, and minority ethnic designers. The mentees will be offered one-to-one meetings or video calls on at least a quarterly basis to help seek guidance to break into the industry. Mentors currently signed up include an esteemed committee of leading editors and designers in the field.
Applications to mentor or be mentored are open via The United in Design website, with further training available for prospective mentors via the initiative's partnership with Creative Design Network.
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