PlanBEE - Higher Apprenticeship in Architectural, Engineering and Management

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PlanBEE - Higher Apprenticeship in Architectural, Engineering and Management

This higher level apprenticeship programme is sponsored by PlanBEE, a consortium of employers working in the Built Environment industry.

Established by Ryder Architecture, PlanBEE is an industry wide partnership of companies who want people with a new and broader set of skills in their businesses. Comprising some of the most recognised brands in the industry and niche SMEs, they have committed to work together to shape the talent of the future and inspire people to consider a rewarding career in a broad range of technical and professional roles in Architecture, Engineering, Building Services and Construction/Site Management.

The partners have a long track record of recruiting and training apprentices and graduates and have worked with Gateshead College to develop a bespoke programme of on and off the job training which provides a salary and a fast track to graduation and professional accreditation and offers a guaranteed job to those who successfully complete.


From the moment you join PlanBEE, you'll be a valuable member of the team and we'll make sure your work is well rewarded. So we won’t just train you for a well paid career; we’ll pay you a salary from day one.

How much you earn depends on your age, role and location, but you'll start on around £12,400* a year. You’ll also benefit from a pension plan and a generous holiday entitlement, every year.

You will gain qualifications at Level 4 and 5 (HNC/D) – with no tuition fees to pay.

As part of your programme you will be placed with a range of employers who have excellent reputations in the sector and whose projects and commissions take them across the UK and the world giving you experience of different disciplines of architecture, building engineering (structural and M&E) and construction/site management.

What will I study?

Focused on the technical and managerial aspects of design and construction, the programme is supported by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Study will comprise of a Level 4 & 5 Qualification (BTEC Higher National Certificate / Diploma) which is approved by the industry's recognised professional bodies in meeting the educational requirements at Level 4/5. You will also be enrolled onto the Level 4 'Construction Design & Build Technician' Apprenticeship standard (Institute for Apprentcieships). This Apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve Technician status or equivalent with the industry's recognised professional bodies.

There are five areas of study with each part ending in an integrated team based project:

  • Leadership
  • Economics
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Production

Throughout the course/apprenticeship you will be developing a range of skills, knowledge and behaviours which are key to the various roles in the construction sector.You will develop knowledge in building design, design process, construction technology, health and safety and building performance alongside transferable skills like team working, leadership, innovation and communication.

The programme lasts 2 years and offers a real alternative to full-time university. It will help you forge careers in a variety of roles which will change and evolve as your career progresses.

Off the job training will be provided by Gateshead College, graded Outstanding by Ofsted and offering state of the art construction facilities.

How will I be taught?

Learning is by a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, design studios, residentials, field work and site visits.

*£12,409.80 based on National Minimum Wage at age 18 from April 2020

What about after the course?
  • Production Managers and Directors in Construction
  • Civil Engineers
  • Architects
  • Chartered Architectural Technologists
  • Construction Project Managers and Related Professionals
  • Building and Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Architectural and Town Planning Technicians
  • Draughtspersons
  • Inspectors of Standards and Regulations
  • Construction and Building Trades Supervisors
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