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First classroom visit for the RTPI’s Future Planners initiative

13 February 2014

FuturePlanners NI

A key national RTPI Centenary project has been launched with the first event taking place in Northern Ireland. Down High School in Downpatrick became the first school to receive a visit from an RTPI ‘ambassador’ as part of an exciting new initiative which aims to raise awareness of and foster interest in planning with school students aged 11-18.

Pictured: RTPI member and 'ambassador' Chris Bryson with students from Down High School. 

RTPI member Chris Bryson launched Future Planners to 30 GCSE and AS/A-level Geography pupils last week.

The goal of 'Future Planners' is to get young people thinking about the place where they live, and the challenges communities face in the future.

RTPI member Chris Bryson said:

“I was privileged to be the first RTPI Future Planners ambassador to give a presentation on planning. Whilst it was a challenge to get some engagement going with a room full of teenagers, the use of local examples of good planning, which the class were studying as part of their Geography class, stimulated some debate. There was also some interest in the skill sets required by planners and the potential routes for future study of planning at university”.

“Overall, the presentation went well and feedback from the school is that some of the pupils are interested in following a similar career path that will hopefully result in some future planners. I would encourage others to sign up to the ambassador’s scheme as it is a great way of promoting planning to the next generation and getting young people enthused about shaping their environment”.

RTPI President Cath Ranson said:

"The RTPI Ambassador project offers an exciting and important opportunity to inspire a younger generation. This activity forms a key part of the RTPI's centenary celebrations in 2014. If you feel you have what it takes to represent the profession, and engage with a young audience, then we want to hear from you".