Owen Buckley a student at “Denton Community College” spent his work experience week at JDA Architects learning how to design a building. He measured an existing office building, and created hand drawn proposals; he then transferred these onto two-dimensional AutoCAD drawings, and finally created 3 dimensional proposal drawings to convert the existing offices into his new design proposals.
Owen said; “I really enjoyed my time at JDA and learned a lot in the short time I was here; I want to especially thank Craig and Stuart for working alongside me, I am now looking to further my career in design”.
JDA architects take on local school and college students as part of their corporate social responsibility programme. “Many companies recognise that corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies are an important part of their offer to their employees, customers and local community. A Government review found that ‘giving something back to their local community’ was the main reason stated by employers for participation in work experience programmes” (Adams et al,).
JDA Architects recently won the “Giving Something Back Award” for all their work carried out in the local community.
“In a recent survey of employer members by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI, identified benefits to businesses, with the most important reason for participation relating to social responsibility or attempts to improve the company’s image.”
Four major benefits to employers offering work experience placements have been identified:
• Reputational gain
• Staff development and engagement
• Social partnerships
Bill Jennings of JDA Architects said, “we normally take on one or two students per year from local schools and colleges, however this year has seen a massive increase in the interest in design and we have had 8 fabulous students!” Student placements are arranged via the local college or school career advisors. JDA Architects also take on graduate architectural students for their part 1 and 2 placement years.