RIAI Graduate Training Scheme - Current Open Applications

RIAI/Department of Education

Programme Reference Number: DES2022/01 (this reference to be included on the application form)
Closing Date for return of Application Forms is 12pm Friday, 26 August 2022.

The RIAI and the Department of Education are inviting applications for the Architectural Graduate Training Programme.

The programme, designed for graduates with a recognised qualification in architecture, is an opportunity to obtain practical work experience for three years to prepare for the Professional Practice Examinations.

The selection process will be shortlisting for competitive interview.

The package for successful applicants consists of:

  • Salary €35,000.00 per annum
  • Practical experience to prepare for the TU/UCD Diploma in Professional Practice
  • 36 Month Placement in the DoE Planning and Building Unit, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Planning & Building Unit (PBU)

The Planning and Building Unit is responsible for identifying the current and future infrastructure requirements for Primary & Post Primary education and for overseeing the delivery of a capital programme to deliver accommodation to the required standard, within the allocated resources, and in line with the strategic direction of the Department. The Unit also has responsibility for strategic planning to ensure that the Department can continue to meet future requirements for education accommodation in line with growing demand and changing needs. 

The Unit currently comprises over 180 administrative and professional and technical staff delivering  a range of functions across forward planning; site acquisition and property management; school capital appraisal; planning, overseeing and managing delivery of major construction projects, devolved projects, public private partnership (PPP) projects and other programmes of capital activity; professional and technical guidance underpinned by research; and financial management.

The current 10 year capital programme amounts to €11.9 billion and is one of the largest capital development programmes in the State under Project Ireland 2040. 

Working Environment

The open-plan working environment will alternate between office, remote working, site and building inspections. The Architectural Graduate may be required to travel to attend client meetings, design team meetings, consultancy meetings, site meetings and site inspections and as such they will be required to hold a full driver’s license.

Duties and Responsibilities of an Architectural Graduate

The Architectural Graduate will report to a line-manager Senior Architect. The Architectural Graduate will work in a flexible team under the direction of this Senior Architect. S/he will undertake a range of duties in design, construction and advisory projects and any other duties assigned from time to time as appropriate to the position. Depending on the size and complexity of the project s/he will be required to work as part of a team and/or under his/her own initiative.

For further information, contact RIAI +353 1 6761703/Email graduatetraining@riai.ie.