National Apprenticeship Week 2022


Industry News

KKS Savills are proud to have been supporting apprentices for several years. Our apprentices add huge value to our business, and in turn are supported through their learning, training and development. James Kernot, our current architectural apprentice, answers these quick fire questions to mark National Apprenticeship Week 2022. Find out his story and top tips here!


Who are you and what do you do at Savills?

I am an architectural apprentice in my third year of studies at London South Bank University, graduating in the summer of 2023 with a RIBA Part 1 degree. I work for the building and project consultancy team, as part of KKS Savills.

I have worked on a number of exciting projects during my time at Savills, from large scale corporate towers to smaller residential proposals. I aid the design team by producing 3D design models, realistic visuals and technical drawing packs, ready for the construction process.

What made you decide to do an apprenticeship?

From a very early age, I have been extremely interested in architecture and completed an Extended Diploma in Product Design in sixth form. I was able to use the skills learnt from the course during a two week work experience at KKS Savills, which turned into a three month internship; followed by full time employment with an apprenticeship day release.

I decided the apprenticeship route was a much better fit for me, rather than a traditional full time university course. I wanted to start my professional experience as early as possible; becoming an apprentice enabled me to do this. It has given me a well-rounded understanding of the industry and ‘working life’ with support from some of the best in the business.

This year’s theme for National Apprenticeship Week is ‘build the future’, what does this mean to you?

The theme ‘build the future’ resonates with me, as Savills has provided individual training and development that has built my confidence, developed my skills and taught me valuable lessons, which have become the foundations to my career and future progression.

What are your top 3 tips for someone considering an apprenticeship at Savills?

  • Get to know Savills and the company service lines. Many think Savills is only an estate agency, which couldn’t be more wrong!
  • Make connections within the industry. LinkedIn is a great platform to connect with professional bodies, peers and mentors.
  • Savills will provide you with industry leading experience and exposure. Have an open mind and involve yourself with all aspects, both professionally and socially.


Katrina Kostic Samen, Head of Workplace, Strategy and Design at KKS Savills, comments:

“I am so proud of James and all he has achieved. Working four days with us and the fifth day at university shows complete commitment, energy and passion. We look forward to attending his graduation ceremony!”

James Kernot, Architectural Apprentice