An Apprenticeship Opportunity in Architecture

We’re often asked how to start a career in the world of architecture. The modern apprenticeship programme provides a great opportunity to be part of the new generation, by joining Peregrine Mears Architects in Barnstaple. An Architect or Architectural Technologist is a well-respected, creative profession offering numerous career options and specialisms, in many sectors. As a practice we are active supporters of the apprenticeship programme, with several members of our staff having successfully taken their first career steps into the profession through the apprenticeship scheme.

“The ‘earn while you learn’ approach to education creates a tremendous opportunity to benefit from lots of real, varied practical experience, whilst gaining a worthwhile qualification” explained Director Perry Mears.  He continued “I took a similar route (back in the 80’s)! It is now possible to gain a full professional qualification in architecture without going away to university full time, and significantly, without incurring huge levels of student debt. The hands-on experience is invaluable, building real, practical knowledge and skills, developing a career right from the start.

We are a friendly, established award-winning firm of Chartered Architects, providing full architectural, planning, building design and project management services, for a wide range of building projects. These include housing schemes, hotels and leisure projects, barn conversions, commercial and community buildings, schools and colleges, historic buildings, and one-off houses. We can give you inspiring and varied experience; we guarantee that you won’t be bored!

We don’t expect you to have all the skills, we can help you develop those. We love what we do, and we want someone who is talented and enthusiastic to join our enthusiastic team. We are looking for someone aged 16-18 who shows are real interest in design and the architecture, who is keen to learn and take their first steps into this enthralling and inspirational profession.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Self-motivated
  • Presentable
  • Punctual
  • Have a genuine interest in architecture
  • Have basic computer literacy
  • Enjoy creative and technical challenges
  • Be willing to learn
  • Be able to function as part of a team

Become an integral part of our friendly team and develop important skills including:

2D & 3D CAD drafting (using Vectorworks)                                          

3D CAD modelling (using Sketchup & Vectorworks)

3D CGI’s / visualisations (using rendering software & Adobe Photoshop)                                                  Assisting with preparing documents (using Word)

Assisting with preparing reports, (using InDesign)                                

Accompanying senior staff on site visits & meetings

Assisting more senior staff with measured surveys

Taking notes at meetings then writing up for distribution                                                                    

Copying & scanning documents                                    

Assisting with making 3D card models                

Some hand sketching                                      

  Closing Date26 August 2022
  Interviews starting on30 August 2022
  Potential start date05 September 2022

If a career in architecture is of interest and you would like to know more, please submit your CV and covering letter via email to: