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Architects welcome third college student

Leading national architectural practice, Corstorphine + Wright has recruited a third Stourbridge College student as an architect technician. Construction and built environment student, Sophie Perks is joining Joe Bateman and Cameron Norgrove at the company’s Hagley Road based Birmingham office.

Mike Turner, Technical Director at the company commented: “Sophie is joining us at a time when we have a model in place that supports those eager to break into the industry. Students and graduates get to work closely with our senior technicians and architects, using software on a range of residential, industrial and commercial projects.

“Sophie initially completed a weeks’ work experience with us, settling in really well and showing a willingness to learn, as both Joe and Cameron have done.

He continued: “Going forward, we’re keen to share this model across our national offices and support new employees with student membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT). By doing so, it means their industry awareness and professional development will go from strength to strength.”

The company, who have risen 16 places to 56 in the AJ100, a list of the country’s top architectural firms, has also offered to give lectures to students at Stourbridge College and provide additional work experience opportunities.

Lecturer, Mozz Baker said: “For Corstorphine + Wright to have invested in our students’ progress is testament to the college’s training and our students’ ability to demonstrate the skills they’re developing.

“It’s important for our students to be inspired and informed by the career opportunities available and forging local industry links is essential to this.
Sophie, Cameron and Joe are continuing to study sixth form and university undergraduate level qualifications and are ideally placed to transfer their learning into the workplace. They are also receiving an up to the minute knowledge of industry practices.”

18-year-old Sophie, who will complete the second year of her Level 3 course said: “Within the first couple of days of being here and working on projects I knew this was where I wanted to be. There’s so much to see first-hand and that I can take back to the college in September.”


Notes to editors:

About Corstorphine + Wright

• A leading national architectural practice with offices in Warwick, Birmingham, London, Manchester, Leeds Dublin, Canterbury, Glasgow, Corstorphine + Wright marries over 35 years of professional experience with cutting edge technologies to produce design solutions that enhance the built environment, transform cities and unite communities.

• Corstorphine +Wright aims to achieve outstanding commercial success for their clients which include national property PLCs, leading developers, and property and pension funds.

About Stourbridge College:

• Stourbridge College is part of BMet one of the largest further education colleges in the UK, providing a wide range of education, training and apprenticeship courses across the West Midlands.

• Stourbridge College includes the Art and Design Centre in Brierley Hill as well as Kidderminster Academy.

• Across BMet, we enrol around 20,000 students of all ages each year on a range of full, part time and higher education courses.

• We work with local employers and businesses as well global companies including BMW Group, Samsung, Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, Worcester Bosch Group and London Midland to deliver training, apprenticeships and work experience/placement opportunities for students.

• Our Vision is ‘Inspiring Futures, Realising Dreams’.

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