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Apprenticeships in architecture

If you are considering a career in architecture, but you’re not sure if studying full-time at university is for you – or if you’ve completed part of your architect training and want to earn a salary whilst undertaking the next step – then a degree apprenticeship could be the right route for you. Or are you an employer, wanting to give your staff the opportunity to learn new skills and complete qualifications whilst working in practice?  

Apprenticeships combine practical experience in the workplace with academic training provided by a university. A minimum of 20% of the apprentice's contracted hours must be spent undertaking this formal, 'off-the-job' training.

Two architecture degree apprenticeships routes are available, both approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education: 

If you are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship, your first step is to secure an offer of an apprenticeship with an employer. The RIBA is encouraging all employers to advertise their apprenticeship vacancies with the National Apprenticeship Service but you could also contact practices in your local area to see whether there are any opportunities. You can use the RIBA’s database of Chartered Practices or our database of Chartered Members and you can also register your interest with universities, as they may be able to link you to practices who have expressed an interest in partnering with them. 

Any practice can offer an apprenticeship, with funding for training costs available from the apprenticeship levy on all large UK employers, or directly from the government who will fund up to 95% of the training costs in smaller firms. Levy paying employers can also transfer unused levy funds to smaller employers. Some universities may only be able to offer places to apprentices whose employers pay the apprenticeship levy (you can contact them to find out more).  

There is guidance online regarding taking on an apprentice and employers are encouraged to use the GOV.UK Find an Apprenticeship service to advertise any apprenticeship vacancies.

The following universities are offering apprenticeship pathways which are validated by the RIBA: 

The following universities are currently in discussion with the RIBA regarding validation for their apprenticeship pathways: 

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Apprenticeships across the UK

Apprenticeships are a devolved policy. This means that authorities in each of the UK nations manage their own apprenticeship programmes, including how funding is spent on apprenticeship training.

If you’re an employer with operations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you may also want to contact your apprenticeship authority:

Trailblazer group

Supported by the RIBA, the Architecture Apprenticeships Trailblazer Group developed the standards for the Architectural Assistant and Architect apprenticeships.

  • Chair: Foster + Partners
  • Hawkins/Brown (Architect standard sub-lead)
  • Lipscomb Jones Architects Ltd (Architectural Assistant standard sub-lead)
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (Architectural Assistant standard assessment sub-lead)
  • Scott Brownrigg (Architect standard assessment sub-lead)
  • Seven Architecture (Architectural Assistant standard assessment sub-lead)
  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)
  • ARUP
  • Building Design Partnership (BDP)
  • Grimshaw Architects
  • HLM Architects
  • HOK International Ltd
  • HTA Design LLP
  • Perkins + Will
  • PLP Architecture
  • Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Purcell
  • Ryder
  • Stanton Williams
  • TP Bennett LLP

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