Information for practices

There are a number of ways in which architectural practices can get involved with our flagship Building Futures programme, helping to make a difference to the lives of young people.

Bursaries

The annual awarding of the Stephen Lawrence Bursary is one of the founding cornerstones of the Trust and remains an important feature of how we support young people. The bursary helps students with the costs involved in what is often a long educational journey to becoming a registered architect. Students can use the bursary towards the cost of model making equipment and materials, software, technology, printing, study trips, living costs, etc.

The bursary is designed to help architecture students from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who are struggling with the financial requirements of studying to become an architect. The money that recipients receive from the award can often be the deciding factor in whether a student can complete their studies.

It costs us £3,500 to help fund a young person through either their Part 1 or Part 2 studies.  To discuss contributing to our bursary scheme as an organisation or as an individual please contact info@stephenlawrence.org.uk.

Find out about last year’s bursary recipients here.

Mentoring Skills Workshops

We aim to deliver workshops covering a range of topics for young people to broaden their skillsets and support them to produce stronger job applications. We rely on practices and individuals who can mentor students by sharing their specialist knowledge, skills, and experience. Workshops can either be held at the Stephen Lawrence Centre or at your offices.

Topics we aim to cover include portfolio/CV improvement, CAD/BIM software training, drawing sessions, representation skills, and employability skills training. Tours of a project you currently have on-site or of your offices can also be a valuable learning experience. You may also want to get involved with our school’s programme and deliver workshops to inspire the next generation to pursue a career in architecture.

We also welcome suggestions for workshops that you think would be beneficial to those entering the profession or beginning their studies. If you would like to get involved in mentoring skills workshops, please contact info@stephenlawrence.org.uk

Produce a Webinar

We are looking for individuals to collaborate with us to create webinars as part of the resources available on our website. Webinars will communicate the journey, interests, and specialisms of professional role models. We want to inspire young people and give them an insight into a specialism within architecture they had not previously considered.

Join our Friendship scheme

By becoming a Corporate Friend of the Trust, your practice will be providing vital financial support in return for a number of benefits, including access to our exciting new jobs portal allowing you to connect your opportunities with a diverse, high-quality candidate pool drawn from our alumni. Opportunities may range from a two-week work experience placement, a paid internship or part 1 and part 2 jobs. Choose from a Bronze (£1,000), Silver (£5,000) and Gold (£10,000) membership per year.

Your employees can also choose to become an individual Friend of the Trust from as little as £5 per month.

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Staff Fundraising

Staff fundraising can be a great way to support your CSR programme, motivate your staff and help with team building whilst having fun. Whether taking on a challenge or organising an event, our fundraising team can support you to make the most of your activity. If you are interested in considering us as your charity of the year partner, please contact info@stephenlawrence.org.uk

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