Nothing beats real experience, says Partnerships West intern

Jolanta Grant, a second-year architecture student from the University of the West of England, is currently spending 10 weeks with the Partnerships West team at Blackberry Hill in Bristol.

Jolanta discovered the opportunity to work with Partnerships during an employer fair, where she met the team and secured her placement on the internship scheme as a Design Co-Ordinator.

She explains:

“After a year of class-based studying, I wanted some practical insight into the overlapping roles of engineers, architects, surveyors and contractors and that’s how I discovered the internship with Partnerships. Sitting in a class room is great, but nothing beats genuine site experience. I’m learning so much every day and I’m getting paid too, so it’s the perfect preparation for working life.”

Jolanta’s now based full time at Blackberry Hill, a former hospital site being transformed into 346 new homes, including 100 affordable homes. Many of the historic buildings are Grade II listed and the site boasts a fascinating history. Prior to its use as the Manor Park Hospital, a number of the buildings were used to house French Prisoners of War during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th Century.

“It’s a great site to work on because there’s so much history and a range of listed buildings too. I’ve already gained vital technical and practical experience that you can’t get from internal university learning environments. I think it’s so important for companies to engage the next generation of employees because they are investing in their future work force, helping to bring more people into the industry.”‚Äč