Architecture Workshops is seeking workshop presenters in schools to join its team in London.
Using simple materials to build large scale structures the workshops have been designed to raise awareness among students about the built environment, using STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths) together with literacy, history, geography and sometimes drama! We work from early years foundation stage (four years old) through key stage 1 and 2 at primary schools, key stages 3, 4 and 5 at secondary schools to undergraduate.
We are looking predominantly for candidates with a degree in a design discipline, with a keen interest in imparting the creative process to pupils, students and teachers. You will ideally have a background in architecture, interiors or another 3D design/art discipline, but we are most interested in the individual and that you have a desire to impart design ideas with enthusiasm. No teaching qualification is required, as all training is given.
As a presenter you will be required to travel to schools, liaise with office staff and teachers at the school, host the workshops and convey the ideas in an inspirational manner. You will generally be at the same location all day running a series of workshops (four to five hours) throughout the day, from 9am to 3.30pm.
This unusual and fulfilling position combines the skills of the artist, designer, teacher, organiser, performer, architect and structural engineer! New graduates are encouraged to apply especially those considering a career in teaching. Many of our presenters have gone on to teach full-time, as running the workshops is taken as teaching experience for PGCE qualification and one of our ex-presenters is now a lecturer for the School of Architecture at Canterbury University.
The position is offered on a self-employed, term time basis in the first instance. Full training is given, lasting two to three weeks (depending upon availability) shadowing in schools. Expenses and a training fee of £40 per day will be paid weekly during this time. On completion of training your daily fee will be £110 plus mileage allowance, currently £0.55 per mile. Following a successful probationary period of three to six months this will rise to £120 a day with annual increases thereafter.
Own car essential (preferably not a mini) as the position entails early starts, often with long drives to and from the schools, up to 100 miles each way.
Applicants will be asked to attend an informal interview at a school, where they may observe and engage to get a feel of the workshop experience.