Diversity initiative, United in Design, has announced its first apprenticeship scheme and mentor programme for aspiring black, Asian and minority ethnic designers.
The Apprenticeship is open to all final year graduates of interior and spatial programmes. Including Certificate, Diploma and BA students.
The scheme will provide 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 one 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.
Studios that have signed up to the scheme include, amongst many others, Balineum, Laura Hammett, Julian Chichester, Katharine Pooley and Fromental.
The year-round mentoring programme has also now begun. With United in Design paring experienced design professionals with aspiring designers aged 18 and above. Mentees are offered one to one meetings or video calls on a quarterly basis to help seek guidance on how to break into the industry.
Alexandria Dauley and Sophie Ashby (pictured) founders of United in Design said,“We are incredibly proud of United in Design and the strides we are making to help diversify the Interior Design industry. We want to open doors, educate, and create a truly inclusive industry that celebrates people from all ethnic backgrounds. Increasing opportunities for designers from ethnic minority backgrounds will help to change the narrative and stereotype of Interior Design for both those practicing the profession and for the end user and client base. Design is for everyone and all should be welcome”