Abolish unpaid internships by requesting from all practices to meet minimum-wage for all employees. Practices not meeting this condition should be stripped from accreditation and be publicly exposed.
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'I believe our entire profession has the responsibility to nurture, protect and give confidence to our students and graduates. We must eradicate forever unpaid ‘internships’ for the longevity of our profession. Working for free is not acceptable. This insidious process is killing the prospect of a more diverse profession as unpaid internships are impossible for all but the wealthy. If we architects do not value students and graduates, how can we expect a fee paying client to value our skills with adequate financial remuneration?'
With these words Angela Brady, PRIBA last summer condemned unpaid internships in the UK saying that practices which take on unpaid students will be stripped of their accreditation. The RIBA’s chartered practice criteria states: “Your practice must commit to paying at least the statutory minimum wage to architecture students working within the practice.”
Unpaid architectural internships in Cyprus have lasted long enough. Having an understanding of the current financial circumstances in Cyprus and the need of graduates for experience, working for free is not the solution.
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