- 20th November 2019
- Posted by: Miranda Pont
- Category: Blog
Applications for graduate positions in our Environmental Management and Water Management/Geoscience teams are now open for applications, with interviews and appointments following in the New Year. Applications for graduate positions in our Engineering and Software/Systems Development teams are also open for applications and will remain open throughout 2020.
Successful applicants will participate in our Graduate Scheme, a flexible two-year in-house development programme specifically aimed at providing a comprehensive foundation for graduates’ future careers with us.
We’ve been speaking with Katie Chorlton who is currently participating on our graduate scheme and has been sharing her experiences with us.
Tell us about your experiences so far?
I started at JBA in September of last year, after completing a 10-week placement in the Saltaire office. A year in, I now work across both the Saltaire and Leeds offices on a wide variety of projects. In the environment and sustainability team I have a varied workload with projects focused on climate change, natural capital, natural flood management (NFM), as well as helping with some environmental coordination in the JBA Bentley office. Within all of these projects the work has been incredibly varied. Many of these projects have involved an element of desk-based research, and some have also included using Arc GIS, stakeholder engagement and getting out on site visits.
Some of the projects I have worked on include a large scale research project looking at the enablers and barriers to NFM, a review and testing of a natural capital tool, a climate change risk and impact assessment for a county council, a baseline natural capital assessment for four catchments across Yorkshire as part of an NFM modelling project, and a policy and strategy review of a river catchment in Greater Manchester. It has been great to have the opportunity to see projects through from inception to final report and even get involved in the tendering process. This has also helped to develop my skills needed in my day-to-day work and given me a great insight into life as an environmental consultant.
Advice for anyone considering applying?
As a graduate, JBA offers a wide range of opportunities including graduate days and chances to meet with the other graduates across the company. So far, I have been involved with a Women in STEM event at a local high school to speak with year 9 students about future STEM career options, and in applying and receiving funding for a small research project through the graduate r&d competition. These types of events and opportunities have allowed me to broaden my skill-set and prepare me well for my future career in consultancy.
Our thanks to Katie Chorlton for sharing her experience of the JBA graduate scheme. Next week we’ll feature more participants’ insight into their time on our graduate scheme.
Want to know more?
Visit our graduate recruitment web pages to find out more information on how to apply to our flexible graduate scheme.
Apply now for our 2020 graduate recruitment: