Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2021

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, this year we took time to catch up with some of our newest recruits to discover why they chose an apprenticeship, what they’re enjoying about their new role and how they’re adapting to a new way of working.

National Apprenticeship Week aims to shine a light on the amazing work being done by apprentices across the country and here at JBA we’re incredibly proud to have apprentices working throughout our business.

Amie Mangham – CAD Technician

Prior to my employment with JBA, I had studied a degree in Interior Architecture & Design at Lincoln University before moving to London to be a Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Interior Designer. However, in 2018 I relocated back home to Yorkshire where I began looking for a new opportunity.

JBA offered me the excellent opportunity I was looking for. I started work as a CAD Technician whilst also training to become an engineer through a Degree Apprenticeship at Leeds Beckett University, on day release.

The combination of on-the-job training and practical learning is helping to enhance the skills I need to progress and achieve my ambitions with JBA. It will also provide me with a chance to gain professional accreditation and membership.

Tony Maddison – Trainee Technician

I started at JBA on a 3 month placement with the Internal Drainage Board team in Doncaster. Following this, I applied for a post in the Tadcaster office as a trainee technician, starting full time in December 2019.

The apprenticeship scheme played a large part in my decision to apply at JBA. The possibility of learning and gaining qualifications relevant to the industry while also gaining important on the job experience, is in my view, invaluable. The knowledge and skills I have gained on the job so far have been a big help completing my work at college, and I am sure this will be even more relevant once I move onto the degree course.

My experience with JBA so far has been excellent. I have been lucky enough to get a good mix of both site work and office work, carrying out topographic surveys of various sites such as flood embankments, watercourses, and debris screens, then processing with LSS software and assisting with the drafting work on CAD and Key Terra Firma including, more recently, 3D Modelling work on BricsCAD for the debris screen designs.

So far, my experience at JBA has been overwhelmingly positive and I would happily recommend an apprenticeship to anyone wanting to gain necessary work experience alongside the required qualification to progress in the industry.

Matthew Stapleton – Trainee Developer

I started looking at developer apprenticeships as an option in early 2020. After researching the career pathway, I attended an apprenticeship fair in Skipton, where I met JBA Consulting Technical Director, Stuart Wallace.

My interview was intended to be in person in the Skipton office, but on the day of the interview the country wide lockdown was put into place and, instead, I had a virtual meeting with Stuart, and JBA Consulting Director, Andrew Gubbin, where my code, qualifications and previous experience were discussed.

When I started on the 1st September going into the office from being home-schooled was a big change from what I was used to. However, I settled in reasonably quickly before we were all required to work from home again due to government restrictions.

College has been a fun experience, being heavily theory focused to make up for the emphasis on practical work experience that the rest of the course follows. Days at college are spent researching details of theory that are important to being a software developer.

I’ve loved the feeling of satisfaction that being a developer gives and the feeling of moving forward due to the complicated nature of what I’m asked to do. The work itself is rewarding which goes a long way to motivating me as an employee.

Want to know more?

To find out more, or to express an interest in a JBA apprenticeship, email our careers team. You can also browse our latest career opportunities by visiting our dedicated careers page.

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