In September 2017 Patrick Parsons joined the PlanBEE scheme, an innovative training programme designed to attract and retain the brightest new talent in the region, plug construction skills gaps, and create a more flexible workforce.
The scheme was launched in September 2016 by Ryder Architecture and Gateshead College who joined forces with a network of architects, designers, contractors and engineering specialists. Rather than follow a traditional training model where students complete their qualifications while working in one company, PlanBEE gives students the chance to work across several companies and therefore gain a more rounded understanding of the built environment industry.
As a result of the scheme, we are very pleased to be able to offer Madeleine Lees a position in our Strutures team. Maddy is one of twelve students to have completed the programme and will be joining us in September as an assistant structual engineer in our Newcastle office.
Maddy said: “I always wanted to go into construction but I didn’t want to specialise in any particular discipline. That’s why PlanBEE was so appealing; it allowed me to learn about several different elements of the industry. While on the programme I completed work placements at 3E Consulting, Ryder and Tolent – a consultancy, an architect and a civil engineering specialist – so I got to work on all sorts of projects. This is really important because in my new role at Patrick Parsons many projects cover more than one discipline.”
Jonnie McGill, Associate in Patrick Parsons’ Newcastle office, commented: “There is a need for more collaboration and inter disciplinary working in the construction industry and PlanBEE is helping to provide the sector with a pipeline of work ready talent. We’re delighted to welcome Maddy to the team as a result of our involvement in the programme; she is very keen to learn and has already demonstrated great potential in the short time she has been with us.”