WS Planning & Architecture provide different types of work experience through our Work Experience Programme. Whether you are an aspiring Planner, Architect, or Architectural Technician we hope to provide an inspiring placement with our Practice. As well as offering work experience in house we also regularly attend local Careers Fairs and Enterprise Days.
We provide opportunities for unpaid work experience for Students at Secondary School or Sixth Form College throughout the year. We also aim to provide 2 paid work experience placements of up to 6 weeks in the Summer months for Students enrolled on a relevant Degree Course.
If you are interested in the Apprenticeship route to qualification, please follow the link in Why Architecture? below.
For Architectural Graduates (Part 1) seeking a “Year Out in Practice” job, please refer to our Careers page.
Over the last 12 months we have attended the Beacon School Careers Fair in Banstead and The Warwick School Enterprise Day in Redhill where we participated in an Apprentice-style workshop with 160 Year 10 students. The Beacon School’s Business Teacher thanked the volunteers from the local business community for making it happen and it was great to hear that the feedback from students was fabulous.
On 19th November we attended The Warwick School to help with Mock Interviews for Year 11 Students. Mrs Loughran, the Business Teacher at The Warwick School thanked all of the volunteers on the day for helping to carry out 160 interviews between 9am and 1pm. She also said “Our students were really impressed that you and your organisations had prioritised this event for them and given up your morning, and they unanimously reflected that it was an incredibly useful (though nerve-wracking) experience, setting them up well not only for their College interviews that evening but also further ahead.”
It’s great to help out such a forward-thinking school and also very rewarding to work with such an enthusiastic group of students.
Every summer since 2013 we have been 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.
Our involvement is 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.
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