PJA tackles talent 'dearth' with graduate appointments

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 24 Feb 2016

Nigel MillingtonPlanning consultancy Phil Jones Associates (PJA) has expanded by taking on five graduate planners as part of the company’s graduate development programme.

PJA launched its graduate scheme in 2015 because of what it called a “dearth of talent in the regions”. 

The five new graduate planners are due to take up their roles in June, with three positions at PJA’s Birmingham headquarters, one in the Bristol office and one at its Reading base.

Jared McQueen-Pullen, currently studying geography at the University of Birmingham, will be based in Birmingham, as will Beth Linnell, who is studying urban planning at University of Birmingham.

Jenny Tynan, studying civil engineering at Loughborough University, will also be based at Birmingham. Lucy Smith, studying civil engineering at Southampton University, will be a graduate planner at PJA's Reading office.

Amber Kenyon, who is studying geographical information science at University of Newcastle, will be based in the Bristol office.

Director Nigel Millington (pictured) said: “We launched our graduate scheme in 2015 because, despite the growth in workload, there was a lack of graduates coming through the system.” 

The graduates will work with public and private-sector clients including Birmingham City Council, St Modwen and Bloor Homes. 

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