SBID’s drive to help design students’ prospects
In light of the recent changes to university funding in the UK, professional organisations like SBID are becoming not simply more important to current and potential students, but vital.
Indeed, one of the primary concerns which lead to the formation of SBID was the need for interior design education to be unified under an established and cohesive standard—for the very first time in the UK—which would define a clear career route via an accredited degree into the industry, thereby enhancing industry contacts and graduation employment.
Understandably, students currently considering embarking on higher education will be feeling increasingly vulnerable about the potential benefits and risks of investing their time and finances in a degree course. Hence, our drive to unify interior design qualification has now become paramount.
Our aim is to build professional links both during and after study. We have set this in motion by offering a bursary to each university of £400 to set up a Student Chapter, the aim of which is to provide each student with a link to other students around the UK and to link them with industry figures and designers to provide them with a platform in between study and jobs.
Moreover, when students graduate there is a general tendency to fall off the end of an institution’s support system, i.e. there is nothing to ease them into a job, or to help them when they go wrong or guide them into new directions. SBID aims to ease this transition period through the creation of a one year mentoring system, whereby manufacturers to the industry and design professionals will meet and engage with undergraduates, hopefully choosing to employ some at the end of each year.
This is a unique concept in interior design training and as a pioneering organisation we are aiming to bridge this current gap.