First CIAT Accredited Apprenticeship offered by Edinburgh Napier University

CIAT has Accredited its first ever apprenticeship programme at one of its Centres of Excellence.

CIAT is pleased to announce that Edinburgh Napier University is the first higher education institution to have its apprenticeship programme Accredited to. The University was the first educational establishment in the UK to offer an Apprenticeship in Architectural Technology and has now been awarded Accredited status for its Construction & the Built Environment (Architectural Technology) Graduate Apprenticeship.

A Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) is an alternative route to graduate-level education in Scotland, providing a 'workplace-learning' environment and the opportunity to work in partnership with the built environment industry. A GA aims to produce graduates with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to make a valuable contribution in the area of their chosen degree pathway.

The Construction & the Built Environment (Architectural Technology) GA is four years in length and Graduate Apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in paid, full-time employment.

Graduates will be eligible for Associate membership, ACIAT and will also be entitled to exemptions against Educational Standards of the MCIAT Professional Assessment when progressing to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT. 

Dr Matthew Brooke-Peat MCIAT, Vice-President Education, says: "I am pleased that the first educational establishment to offer an apprenticeship programme at degree level in Architectural Technology has also achieved CIAT Accreditation for their provision. This initiative further emphasises the value that our profession adds to the industry, and that employers are committed to ensuring their staff have the necessary skills and knowledge. I look forward to many more institutions following suit in the near future."

Edinburgh Napier's programme can be viewed here

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