Pupils from the Aquinas College, Stockport, learnt about planning when they had a visit from a ‘Future Planner’ ambassador from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) on 2nd July 2014. The students studying for their A levels found out about the challenges planners seek to address and the career opportunities available in the profession.
Kirstie Hopcroft from Nathaniel, Lichfield & Partners and an RTPI Future Planner ambassador spoke to students about the impact of planning on their everyday lives and explained how planners are helping shape the future of Manchester.
The ambassador spoke to the students at Aquinas Colleges’ on their annual careers day about the impact of planning on their everyday lives and explained how planners had helped to redevelop the Aquinas College site. She also spoke to students about the skill sets required by planners, the various planning specialisms that could be persuaded as a career and the main routes into the planning profession.
Kirstie said: “It was really useful for the students to get an insight of how planning has impacted on the new Aquinas College site. They were also very interested in the various roles within planning. From heritage consultant to transport planner the students were intrigued to learn about the opportunities that can arise from completing a planning degree and were interested to learn about the day to day responsibilities and workloads of a planning professional.”
Future Planners is a project launched by the RTPI to mark its centenary year. Over 100 ambassadors have been recruited to visit schools up and down the country to raise awareness and foster an interest in planning with students aged 11 to 18. The project aims to get young people thinking about the place where they live and the challenges communities face in the future.
With 23,000 members’ worldwide working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe. As well as promoting spatial planning, the RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built and natural environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.
As part of the centenary project the RTPI has also produced a short film ‘How do we plan our world’ explaining about the importance of planning to our everyday lives and the wider environment. The film can be viewed here.
The RTPI’s President Cath Ranson said "The RTPI Future Planners project offers an exciting and important opportunity to inspire a younger generation and get young people thinking about their environment.”