We are committed to developing the next generation of Architects.

We are seeking a number of Part I Architectural Assistants to join our 100+ Manchester City Centre architectural practice. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a flair for design with good communication skills including team working. Knowledge of Revit and Autocad, with skills in Photoshop, Indesign and hand sketching is beneficial, but not essential as we offer a full suite of training.

You will be assigned to one of our teams, working on projects in 1 or more of our 5 key sectors, and reporting to a senior team member for career development and mentoring. The placement year start date will be agreed with the successful candidates, but at the minimum will run from September 24.


AEW Plus is the added value we offer to our people, clients and communities. It includes the support and initiatives we offer as a “People first” business. Supporting our team’s physical, mental and financial wellbeing. Some of the benefits we offer include:

  • Dedicated Social Value and Wellbeing Committee and EDI Committee
  • Flexitime and hybrid working
  • Salaries benchmarked against industry standards.
  • Bi-annual performance linked bonus system and monthly recognition awards
  • Death in service and critical illness insurance
  • Mental Health first aiders and Employee Assistance Plan
  • 31 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Interest free travel season ticket loans and cycle to work scheme
  • Regular social events, charity engagement activities and paid volunteering days

It also includes our focus on helping our team achieve their potential. Supporting their growth and development, both individually and as a collective. Initiatives include:

  • Full Revit training for all Part 1 students, plus the use of our virtual reality suite
  • “Quarterly conversations” with your line manager / mentor to continually review your progress
  • A comprehensive training and CPD programme utilising our internal expertise and industry partners.
  • Dedicated training platform “Pinnacle” hosting a huge array of online training material
  • Use of “Coaching Culture” platform containing a series of e-learning modules around self-development
  • Dedicated Part I and Part II pledges, and in-house Part III examiner

Furthermore, it includes sharing our knowledge and expertise. Building collaborative relationships with our clients and communities through a range of outreach activities. For more information on AEW Plus see our webpages: https://www.aewarchitects.com/aew-plus/

Part 1 Pledge

As part of our commitment to the development of our people, we have a long standing “Part 1 Pledge”, which strives to ensure all our year out students receive an experience that is beneficial to their ongoing Architectural Education, and more than ‘just a job’. We pledge to provide our students with:

A one-to-one mentor who will work with you throughout the year to offer guidance and support, including PEDR sheet review and sign-off.

Opportunity to gain valuable experience across multiple projects and all RIBA Plan of Work stages, including:

  • Concept design / feasibility work
  • Planning application drawings and documents
  • Preparation of tender and construction information

Exposure to the commercial reality of practice including:

  • First hand contact with clients and consultants
  • A minimum of 4no client / design team meetings
  • A minimum of 2no site visits

Quarterly study sessions to cover key topics in preparation for your Part II & Part III:

  • Fee proposals and appointment documents
  • Planning process
  • Procurement and tender
  • Construction and contract administration

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Role: Part I Architectural Assistant

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