JGA’s first apprentice

JGA took on its first apprentice last year fulfilling the aspirations of the practice’s Founder James Gavey to bring on and train the next generation of Architectural Technicians in the island.

Dan Tibbs joined the team as a junior architectural technician having completed his A’ Levels last summer. During his first six months with JGA, he has been involved with a wide variety of projects including domestic extensions and new builds and has been getting plenty of experience with handling planning applications and building control permissions.

James commented:

“Having trained locally myself I wanted to offer the same opportunity to the next generation of building specialists. Dan’s enthusiasm impressed us from the start and he has already shown real aptitude for his chosen career. Being a small practice means that he has been hands on with everything from 3D designs to tea making! I look forward to the contribution he will make to JGA in the future and to seeing his own skills and knowledge continue to develop.”

Dan is being trained ‘in-house’ by James and Senior Architectural Technician Miles Pengelley and in September this year he will begin studying on Guernsey College of Further Education’s Apprenticeship scheme. Eventually he aims to take a similar study path to James and Miles who both hold a BSc in Architectural Technology which they completed through London Southbank University.

He said:

“JG Architecture has managed some really interesting projects and I have had an extremely varied first six months working with them. The option of continuing my studies whilst being employed is really appealing as it means I can earn money at the same time as completing my qualifications. I am sure that juggling time might be a bit of a challenge but I am looking forward to taking the next step in my career.”

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