Architectural firm touts two opportunities for young people to enter the world of design

Famous architects Kevin McCloud and George Clarke helped give the profession a pinch of stardust.

Today, a boss of design Paisley offers the prospect of a brilliant career to two young people.

And Sheenagh Gray said, “I think this is a great opportunity for someone.”

His firm Framed Estates is urgently looking for a pair of new architectural starts and the chance is open to anyone aged 16-24 currently receiving universal credit.

Sheenagh, 41, started the business nine years ago and operates with a team of eleven people from Macdowall Street.

Notably Framed Estates designed the modern essentials for the reopening of Coats Memorial Church as an event venue.

The two newbies would enter the company under the UK government’s Kickstart scheme for an internship of at least six months.

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If it works, there is potential for continued employment.

Sheenagh said: “Young people would enter a career focused on design and there must be literally hundreds in this field who could benefit from it.

“The role would be to learn architecture software packages like AutoCAD and Photoshop as well as to use administration software like Word and Excel.

“Successful candidates would participate in live work, meet with clients and construction crews, and gain some on-site experience. We would love to see them be part of a team that designs buildings and spaces – a real experience on real jobs.

Good start – Rhemshah Sajid

One example is Rhemshah Sajid, 20, who was hired while studying interior design at the Paisley campus of West College Scotland.

She is now in her second year of the architecture course at the Glasgow School of Art.

Rhemshah said, “I started as a volunteer at Framed Estates while I was still in school and looking for experience.

“It was scary because I had never been in an office and all the staff were older.

“I quickly realized that this was a huge advantage because I had the privilege of being surrounded by experienced people.

“I love the design and the architecture. In addition to my studies, I am a part of live projects and have access to a fifth year architecture student who helps me figure out what to expect.

“I hope others who are in the same position take full advantage of this opportunity.”

Amazing transformation - Supervised staff on the steps of the Coats Memorial
Amazing transformation – Supervised staff on the steps of the Coats Memorial

Framed’s current workload includes a holiday park and wildlife park in Perth, a leisure development in Loch Lomond and a maritime training center on the Clyde.

Sheenagh also lectures on construction at West College and says work experience while studying is a great way to do it.

She added: “A career in architecture is a balanced mix between art and science. It’s visionary but also practical. In each project, you play with color, light and space while pushing the boundaries of brick and wood.

“Due to Rhemshah’s great attitude and willingness to learn, she was quickly offered a part-time job with us, becoming full-time when she left college.

“She is exceptional and a true story of what the Kickstart program can do.

“There is a time and place for textbook learning, but being able to bring knowledge in the workplace to these students prepares them best when they get an apprenticeship and take their first job there. “

* Candidates for Framed Estates positions are requested to contact their work coach at their local JobCentre.

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