Trainee Architectural Technician (Career Grade), Pullar House, Perth

Job Description Trainee Architectural Technician (Career Grade) - PKC11282 £28,249 - £37,878 Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth The role of the career grade Trainee Architectural Technician within Property Services at PKC is an excellent...

Job Description

Trainee Architectural Technician (Career Grade) - PKC11282
£28,249 - £37,878
Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth

The role of the career grade Trainee Architectural Technician within Property Services at PKC is an excellent opportunity for someone in the early stages of their Architectural career who wishes to be part of a dynamic and integrated team, drawing together all key elements of construction project delivery, providing full design, implementation and project management services to all Council departments and a range of external agencies.

You will be welcomed into the Project Delivery team of Property Services, to work with an established and knowledgeable group of experienced Architects, Architectural Technicians and Clerk of Works, in collaboration with other in-house professionals including Quantity Surveyors, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers to take projects from the early briefing stage, through design, onto construction and hand over.

Property Services is involved in a wide range of projects, large and small, including Passivhaus new build schools and refurbishments, extensions, and upgrades of our existing estate.  The Project Delivery Team are an integral part of the Council’s drive to net zero through the projects we deliver and the guidance we provide to our colleagues and stakeholders.  You will have access to learning about sustainable construction through this interface and, through experience, there will be opportunity for you to influence the sustainable future of our Local Authority.

This is a rare opportunity to apply every aspect of learning from an Architectural Technology course in an environment where support and mentoring is provided through live project experience.  This will enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and experience to move forward in your career, and within the organisation, by way of the career progression route on offer as part of this post.

It is required that to progress through the career post offered here, you will complete an HND Certificate in Architectural / Building Technology while working with us (if you do not already hold this qualification or above).  A valid UK driving licence is also required to progress through the career post.

The Project Delivery Team have an office base in the centre of Perth, which we share with our Property Services colleagues.  This is a vibrant, friendly, well occupied space which will offer a Trainee valuable insight into the wide range of work undertaken within Property Services.  Our offices have been recently upgraded to offer a variety of work settings for differing individual and team tasks.  Staff can work in a hybrid manner from a variety of locations, with most selecting to work from our offices at least 2 days a week.  We encourage new, less experienced staff to make the office their predominant work base to fully exploit the learning opportunities on offer.

For purposes of connection and collaboration with colleagues and with the community we serve, our full-time employees work on site for a minimum of 2 days per week with the arrangements for part time employees being agreed on a basis which will ensure that they benefit to an equivalent degree.

Our FAQs on hybrid working can be found here Hybrid working FAQs.

We are committed to being a more inclusive employer - to ensure we can consider any reasonable adjustments, please either contact the recruiting manager to discuss any individual circumstances, discuss at interview or, if you prefer, after any conditional offer is made.


You must be qualified to a minimum level HNC in Architectural / Building Technology, and be:

1. Proficient in the use of AutoCad and Revit software to produce architectural drawings;
2. Enthusiastic, highly motivated, helpful and confident with a focus upon the people we provide services for;
3. Design and problem solving focussed with a collaborative, determined approach to challenges;
4. Approachable, articulate and professional in all your communications by utilising good graphic, oral and written skills;
5. Able and willing to attend the office and site(s) throughout the working week. It is expected that the role will involve being in the office and / or on site most of the time;
6. Able to manage and prioritise your time and co-ordinate your work activities;
7. Able to maintain your post-related training, relevant working knowledge, good practice, including compliance with PKC policies and procedures; and
8. Prepared to study for, and successfully complete, an HND in Architectural / Building Technology while working for PKC (if you do not already hold this qualification or above on taking up the post).

Architectural work experience is welcomed but is not essential to the role.


Your role as Trainee Architectural Technician on the career grade path will involve fulfilling a range of project delivery activities, including but not limited to:

a. Assisting with carrying out and drawing up surveys;
b. Contribution to preparation of drawings and specifications, using Revit, CAD, BIM software, NBS and other associated Council software systems and applications;
c. Assisting with translation of feasibility studies into scheme designs, and subsequently onto detailed drawings for construction;
d. Making statutory submissions, working towards making Planning / Building Warrant submissions and achieving consents unassisted;
e. Assisting with Contract Administration of projects through the utilisation of building contracts and their associated conditions, including issuing instructions, meeting agendas / minutes, certificates, contract notices, defect periods, completions, and assisting with any other contractual matters;
f. Assisting with information and co-ordination related to the CDM Regulations;
g. Organising your personal workload and reporting to your Line Manager;
h. Assisting senior members of the Project Delivery Team in their project roles;
i. Liaising with Clients, stakeholders and colleagues from other disciplines within Perth and Kinross Council;
j. Carrying out construction site visits and learning how to report and monitor on site progress in a safe manner; and
k. Assisting with managing / liaising with the design team consultants and contractors on a project.

Your responsibilities under the role of Trainee Architectural Technician on the career grade path will be to:

1. Report to the Team Leader and / or senior members of Project Delivery Team;
2. Assist the Contract Administrator on a variety of projects (as directed and supported), working to agreed timescales, to comply with current building / construction related standards and regulations, including PKC policies and procedures;
3. Undertake the ‘designer’ role in respect of the CDM 2015 Regulations in the execution of projects and with the appropriate training and guidance;
4. Respond to the demands of the post and service requirements, utilising a flexible approach;
5. Undertake post related training as directed; and
6. Attend further education (part-time) to attain an HND in Architectural / Building Technology, where you do not already have this qualification or above.

The Individual

The post holder must be educated to a minimum level HNC in Architectural / Building Technology, or relevant equivalent.

The post holder must be prepared to study for, and successfully complete, an HND in Architectural / Building Technology while working for PKC (if they do not already hold this qualification or above on taking up the post) in order to progress through the career grade post to the role of Architectural Technician.

The career grade progression to Architectural Technician will take a minimum of 2 years and will also be subject to in-house review of progress through the trainee programme.

You must have a valid UK driving licence as this post requires you to travel to a variety of locations across Perth and Kinross.

If you would like any more information regarding this vacancy, please contact Sarah Webb, Team Leader - Projects, on 01738 475880

When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees.  One should be your current or most recent employer.

Please APPLY ONLINE.  Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross.  If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

As part of our safer recruitment measures, any offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of mandatory checks including eligibility to work in the UK, Disclosure Scotland or PVG, qualifications, references, and fitness to undertake the post.  This may also include an Overseas Criminal Records Check if you have spent time living overseas.

A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance.  You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.

Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender. 

Perth & Kinross Council welcomes applications from former armed forces personnel/reservists.  Many of the skills picked up during your military career could be transferred directly into a role with local government.

At PKC our values and behaviours influence our work and support us in the delivery of the Perth and Kinross Offer.  In your application, and should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to describe situations that support the criteria required in the role and which also demonstrate our values and behaviours.  Find out more about PKC and you could soon be joining our team!

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