An employer can contribute to the professional practice experience ('BEP') and attract new talent by hiring a graduate and support this employee:
- by providing the necessary professional experience;
- by providing the completed work statement;
- by allowing additional external modules, courses or trainings;
- by providing space for discussions with the committee;
- by providing guidance from an experienced colleague as a mentor;
- by contributing to the costs of the BEP, which can be entered as operating costs.
Usually the BEP lasts approximately 2 years if the BEP-participant works at least 32 hours per week. The period is extended proportionally if the participant works less than 32 hours per week. There is a minimum of 20 hours per week. With a working week of less than 20 hours, participation in the BEP is not possible.
When hiring an employee with a master's degree, the applicable collective labor agreement applies to all architectural firms. Urban development, garden and landscape architecture or interior architecture offices can voluntarily conform to the collective labor agreement for architectural offices.
Employees who go through the BEP are motivated and will start their career efficiently and well prepared. By being guided by a mentor, attending meetings and reflecting on the experiences and insights gained, the participant will become more proficient in professional practice at an accelerated rate. This makes the participant an extra valuable force in the office for the employer.
Registration in the Architect's Register remains a requirement to be able to use the protected title of architect, urbanist, garden and landscape architect or interior architect.
NOTE: BEP participants may not call themselves 'Junior architect'.