Students

Work Experience

WS Planning & Architecture provide the opportunity for at least two work experience placements in the Summer months. Whether you are an aspiring planner, architect or looking for office work experience we hope to provide an inspiring week with the practice.

We are pleased to confirm that Work Experience placements have been filled for Summer 2018. Keep checking our website for future work experience placements.

As well as offering Work Experience in house we also regularly attend careers fairs and enterprise days. We recently attended the Beacon School Careers Fair in Banstead and The Warwick Enterprise Day in Redhill where we participated in an Apprentice style workshop with 160 Year 10 students. With regard to the latter, the School’s Business Teacher thanked the volunteers from the local business community for making it happen. It was great to hear that the feedback from students was fabulous. In turn we have agreed to attend the School’s Mock Interview Event being held in November 2018. It’s great to help out such a forward thinking school and also very rewarding to work with such an enthusiastic group of students.

The Challenge

Every summer we get involved with the National Citizen Service which is powered by The Challenge. The Challenge is the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. They work on a local level to bring together people from all ages, ethnicities and walks of life, connecting communities and building trust. Through their three programmes, National Citizen Service, HeadStart, and Step Forward, they bring together people from different backgrounds, building trust and developing young peoples’ employment and life skills.

Since 2013 our involvement has been two fold. Firstly, we are Enterprise Challenge Partners and meet with an entire NCS Wave (typically 45-60 young people who are split into Teams) and provide information regarding our Practice and how we run our business. In turn we set the wave a challenge to complete in their Teams. Each team then presents the findings of their research and help to provide practical solutions. Secondly, we assist with the Team’s Social Action Projects by attending their Pitch towards the end of their NCS journey. As a Pitch Advisor we take on a Dragons Den style role whereby each Team will pitch for funds towards their Campaign Day, Sponsorship Day and Volunteer Day.

It’s fantastic to be part of such an enthusiastic organisation that continues to offer amazing experiences for the young people involved from all walks of life. The NCS are always looking for more businesses to step forward and help in their local area so please get in touch if you are able to give even a few hours of your time to help with the NCS programme.

The Challenge Brochure

Are you interested in a career in Planning or Architecture?

If you are interested in learning more about how to become a chartered planner, architect or architectural technician see our careers guide above or download it below:

Careers Guide