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Architecture to face severe skills shortages by 2020

Architecture looks set to be catapulted into the heart of the skills shortage crisis, new research released today has claimed.

The report - by training organisation City & Guilds - says that architecture will be in 11th place in a league table of skills shortages by 2020.

This will leave the profession in a more desperate position than plumbing and other construction trades, the jobs that are currently suffering the most from the skills drought.

Observers will almost certainly claim that any shortage in architectural skills will be down to the huge debts that architecture students will accrue from tuition fees during the seven-year course.

It will also add weight to the argument that the government must be forced to either take architecture off the list of courses that pay tuition fees or radically restructure the traditional seven-year course.

by Ed Dorrell

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