A year unlike any other – 2019/20 company highlights

2020 was a year unlike any other for businesses around the world, but despite the challenges of adapting to new ways of working, there was plenty to be proud of for everybody at JBA.

Considering all the uncertainty there were clear highlights, as well as valuable lessons to be learnt throughout 2019/20 and at a recent company update Managing Director, Marc Pinnell, took time to reflect on our biggest success stories and our plans for the future.

“We’ve taken a really good look at how well we coped  with the uncertainties of 2020 and the impact of COVID.  Now that we are midway through 2021, it was pleasing to be able to reflect and update the team on our achievements and also the lessons we have learnt.  It’s testament to the commitment and dedication of colleagues across JBA that we have continued to succeed despite the unique circumstances of the last 14 months.  We’ve embraced the opportunities that arose too.  Flexibility in our ways of working – as individuals and as a company, will be a key feature of our success in the future.” Managing Director, Marc Pinnell

Environmental achievements

One of our main aims as a business is to minimise the environmental impacts of our operations and activities, and over recent months we’ve been building on this commitment with positive changes throughout our business.

In the last 18 months alone, we’ve published our Carbon and Resource Use Management Plan, renewed our ISO 14001:2015 Environment Management accreditation, maintained our EIA quality Mark, and become a Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Registered practice.

As part of our ambition to achieve Net Zero status by 2030, we’ve also begun an assessment of a carbon offsetting scheme on the Broughton Hall Estate, restructured our employee Environmental Reward Scheme and introduced a Cycle to Work scheme.

Team highlights

The hard work and dedication of our teams continues to be one of our biggest assets. Adapting to changing restrictions and new ways of working has been a huge challenge for us all, but as expected the JBA team have gone above and beyond during this time.

Over the course of 2019/20 the number of employees working towards professional memberships increased to 145, whilst a further ten colleagues gained chartership during this time. We also contributed 3145 hours of time in kind to the activities of the JBA Trust, supporting; 15 work experience placements, five internships, four master’s students, seven STEM events and four careers events.

Our external courses were also a success during this time with more than 230 delegates attending JBA curated training. The fact that we were also able to successfully adapt many of our courses to be delivered virtually further highlights the incredible work of our in-house Learning and Development team and course leaders. You can find details of all our upcoming courses on our Training Courses page.

Graduate highlights

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Our graduate scheme offers exciting career opportunities in Engineering, Environment and Sustainability, Software/Systems Development and Water Management/Geoscience and continues to go from strength to strength. A real highlight from 2019/20 was the fact that 26 graduates completed the scheme and a further 77 were enrolled on it at year end.

To ensure we’re attracting the best and brightest we’re also reviewing the salary structure for those on our graduate scheme and increasing starting salaries for new graduates. We’ll also be opening our graduate intake earlier this year, so keep an eye on our blog and social media pages for more information coming soon.

Looking forward

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As restrictions begin to ease, we’re looking forward to heading back to the office and reconnecting with our friends and colleagues. However, the flexibility afforded by the new ways of working are something that we’ll be retaining with our commitment to agile working.

As well as retaining flexible working hours and the opportunity to work remotely or at home, we’re also doing our utmost to help colleagues reconnect. In line with the lifting of government restrictions we’re making additional allowances and funds available and encouraging teams to get together safely as part of our annual Just Be Active Campaign launching on the 1st August.

Looking a little further forward, we’ve already started the process of developing our next five-year Company strategy, with an anticipated emphasis on technical leadership and a focus on skills and services around national and local resilience.

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