BDN welcomes placement student to inspire the next generation

An industry placement is helping a Sunderland teenager to build a career in architecture, gaining industry insight with a leading northern practice.

Building Design Northern Ltd, BDN, has welcomed Newcastle College student, Molly Foster, on a 6-week placement, to enhance her studies through industry experience.

17-year-old Molly, who lives in Sunderland, is studying a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Interior Design and Architecture. Alongside her college studies, Molly joined Sunderland and Ulverston based architect and engineering firm BDN for a 6-week placement.

Molly worked closely with BDN’s architectural department, shadowing architects on live projects, and has been supporting with transformational plans for the former Stables building at Sheepfolds, a project the firm is leading, converting disused stables into a vibrant new leisure destination for Sunderland.

The BDN team supported Molly to develop industry specific employability skills, including gaining key experience of the processes required to successfully deliver interior spaces. Molly showed a keen interest in drawing and interiors, which was built upon during her placement.

Molly, who is looking to pursue architecture at university in September, said “I really enjoyed my time at BDN, everyone was really welcoming, allowing me an insight into a professional working environment. I was able to see how a practice operates, which has inspired me to continue to study architecture at university, with my end goal to design residential properties.

“The placement provided different aspects to college, as at college although everyone may choose a different route to explore within each project, we are all working to the same goal. Whereas, at BDN, it allowed me to see a range of projects and appreciate the detail and huge consideration it takes to create a final design.”

“It has been a pleasure to welcome Molly to BDN for an industry placement. Molly expressed high ambitions throughout her placement, impressing the team with her detailed designs and eagerness to learn.”

Ryan Doyle
Director of Operations

Libby Lagun, Head of Art and Design at Newcastle College, commented, “Work experience is a vital part of studying here at Newcastle College. It gives our learners the chance to spend time in industry, gaining the important skills and experience that employers really value, while developing their confidence and being inspired by the professionals around them.

“It is thanks to employers like BDN, who recognise the importance of work experience, that we are able to offer these opportunities and I’d like to thank them for the excellent experience and support they gave to Molly during her placement with them.”

BDN has strengthened its ties to further education providers across the North East in the past 12 months, employing 5 apprentices and engaging with B-TEC and T-Level students, leading, and inspiring the next generation about careers in architecture, engineering and construction.

Ryan Doyle, Operations Director at BDN, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome Molly to BDN for an industry placement. Molly expressed high ambitions throughout her placement, impressing the team with her detailed designs and eagerness to learn.

“Molly was focused on building a career in architecture, and with her exceptional attitude and determination, we believe she will go far in the industry.”

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