Investing in tomorrow’s design talent
We continue to show commitment to our investment in talent and every year we take on a number of placement students. We have run a successful programme with Nottingham Trent’s Interior Architecture degree course for around ten years and we have a great relationship with the university as a result. Our placement programme is an important part of our annual recruitment plan – we value fresh and enthusiastic thinking. We nurture talent, with a view to developing a long-term career at D&P for the individual. It’s a two-way street if that's the right expression – we both get something out of the process – we get an experienced graduate and they get a job!
We invest time and money in our students, helping them become the best creative designers who can return to university for their final year armed with strong and relevant skills. Students are trained in all aspects of the design process: image research for brand positioning and the market; photographic surveys and site visits; material research; technical research; creative design opportunities; visualising concepts; producing technical drawings; visiting site when under construction… they pretty much get stuck right in.
The company provides software training in Vectorworks for CAD and Cinema 4D for visuals at the start of their placement, allowing them to contribute to their team’s work early on. Our students quickly become proficient in software and produce work of a high standard, presentable to clients.
The majority of our students stay for around 12 months and then return as graduates the following year. Students graduate with relevant live project work in their portfolio and this positive cycle of developing and nurturing talent provides both a fantastic opportunity for the individuals and the business with a constant stream of expertise for the studio. Students are our life-blood; the more connected we are to design education, the better quality graduates we can attract. In addition to these long-term 3D placements we embrace the need for more impromptu shorter placements across all disciplines.
Ros Scott, Managing Director