The Benefits of Work Placements

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

We are pleased to welcome Sukhraj, our newest recruit, who was studying at Mayfield School in 2013. As the architects for the school, we offered work-placements and Sukh took up the offer. This inspired her to study architecture at university and return to DMA.

DMA’s structured work placements offer a practical way for young people to get realistic insights into the work of architects, our clients, other consultants and engineers involved in the design and construction process. We were determined that our work placements wouldn’t be a depressing week of boredom and photocopying for the students, so have developed a week-long activity that involves them analysing and resolving a client brief, designing buildings, choosing materials and creating a client report at the end of it. We offer around 15 work placements every year that are open to all. Our outreach is very broad and maintained by our working with a number of organisations and schools including Class of Your Own and Open City Accelerate into University, providing classroom based support and mentoring.

An unexpected, but very welcome side-effect was the impact on our own recruitment and training costs: 5 permanent recruits in total have come to us following earlier work placements; and each placement provides up to 10 hours of cost-effective leadership and management training for our junior team members too, helping them progress and develop internally.