The British Council for Offices (BCO) has announced that under-graduate and post-graduate students can become members of the organisation at no charge. Membership is open to all students and follows a series of moves by the BCO to encourage young people to join the BCO.
To apply, students should download the dedicated Student Membership Application Form, which is available from the BCO’s website (www.bco.org.uk). Applicants will need to receive sign off from their relevant head of department and membership renews annually, so long as the member remains in study.
Students will gain access to the full range of benefits available to other BCO members, this includes the BCO’s wide array of research reports, the recently published Guide to Specification and its NextGen Group’s activities.
The BCO’s NextGen Group consists of members aged 35 or under, who receive discounted membership and access to exclusive events, including the BCO’s annual NextGen Awards.
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive, said:
“The UK’s workplace sector is at the forefront of confronting some of tomorrow’s biggest challenges, ranging from climate change to the rapid development of data and artificial intelligence. The new Guide to Specification outlines technical solutions to these challenges, but this change must be led by talented young people who can take our industry forward.
“The BCO is committed to promoting and developing this talent. This began with our NextGen Group and is now followed by our student membership programme. I would encourage all students who are eligible for the free membership to sign up, our reports are incredibly useful for research projects and our events can help young people establish the first steps in their career.”