Apprentice gains recognition

Apprentice gains recognition


An apprentice’s dream to forge a career in architecture has become a reality after graduating from university and being taken on full-time. James Jones started his apprenticeship at John McCall Architects four years ago and has now landed a job with the practice as an Architectural Technician. His original placement was financed by Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) through the Working Neighbourhood Fund – one of many opportunities the housing association found for young people with suppliers working on its building projects.

Since joining John McCall Architects in 2010, James has gained a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in construction and completed a surveying course at Vauxhall College in Liverpool. He recently graduated from Bolton University after completing his HNC studies in construction and surveying. He has now returned to the university to study one day a week for a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology.

James Jones, aged 21, said: “I am really grateful that John McCall Architects and KHT gave me this opportunity four years ago. I’ve learnt so much during my time as an apprentice, working on some really interesting schemes to gain hands-on experience. I’ve added to this by studying at college and university, giving me the qualifications I need to develop a career with John McCall Architects.”

Associate at John McCall Architects, Joanne Mountfield, said: “James’ journey has been a great success story and really shows the value of apprenticeships. We’re really proud of the way he has applied himself to both his placement and his studying – it’s a great achievement that he’s graduated. He impressed everyone at our practice and also our clients he has worked with and we’re sure he has a very bright future in architecture, so we’re delighted he’s now a full-time member of the team.”

Ian Thomson, Executive Director of Customer Service at the First Ark Group which includes KHT, said: “James has taken full advantage of the apprenticeship we arranged for him and it’s great news to learn he has graduated and now has a job with John McCall Architects. Over the last year we supported 26 apprentices across the First Ark Group and have a commitment to 5% of our workforce being apprentices, many of which lead to permanent jobs. Investing in young people is a key part of our work because it is still very hard for many to find jobs and fund training.”

During James’ apprenticeship he worked on a range of KHT’s sustainable housing schemes carrying out surveying, drawings, site visits, CAD and BIM detailed drawing packages, along with communicating with contractors, clients and consultants.

James is now working on a variety of projects for John McCall Architects carrying out surveys on a refurbishment scheme at St Domingo Grove in Everton, and providing on-site production information at Denbigh Youth Enterprise Centre in North Wales.