CplusC is proud to announce that employee Nick Winmar has recently been accepted to study architecture at the University of Sydney. Since joining CplusC in an onsite role in 2014, Nick has enjoyed working collaboratively with the site and office teams across several projects and his interest in architecture as a career path has increased. As a result of his experience with CplusC, Nick made the decision to apply to study architecture at the end of last year, and was accepted into the University of Sydney.
The good news doesn’t stop there: Nick has also been awarded the CIS Architecture Indigenous Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship recognises and supports Indigenous students who demonstrate leadership potential as well as a passion for architecture. Nick’s experience through Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program and his leadership role with the University of Sydney AFL (SUANFC) club are just two aspects of his leadership experience recognised by the award of the scholarship. Having come from an elite AFL level playing for St. Kilda to an onsite role with CplusC then starting a tertiary degree in architecture is an incredible journey.
While we are thrilled to be able to support Nick into tertiary education and have him continue part time in his onsite role, his success is just one example of our commitment to staff training. We’re always looking to ensure staff are ready to take on more senior roles both on and off-site. This commitment to training and development is why as a small firm we’ve helped nine people progress from architectural graduate to registered architect and why we have three more staff members actively working towards registration right now.
But it’s not just the office team that needs to undertake training and development: our on-site team is key to our success and we seek to provide additional opportunities to upskill and formally recognise their skills. Our on-site staff includes people working towards formal trade qualifications (including our carpentry apprentice, Justin Glenn), additional training in first aid as well as architectural students taking the opportunity to gain valuable on-site experience. For those staff that are already trade or architecturally qualified (or in some cases – both), we seek to provide opportunities to move into more senior roles with increased responsibilities. 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for the CplusC team – I can’t wait to see what we do next!