Pupils from the Queens School in Watford learnt about planning when they had a visit from a ‘Future Planner’ ambassador from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) on Tuesday 18th March. The students studying for their GCSEs and A levels found out about the challenges planners seek to address and the career opportunities available in the profession.
Dipanwita Chatterjee, an RTPI ambassador, spoke to students about the impact of planning on their everyday lives and explained how planners are helping with the regeneration of the Watford Health Campus. She also talked about the skill sets required by planners and the potential routes to study planning at university.
Dipanwita Chatterjee said: “It was a fantastic experience. I played an integral part in designing and developing the materials. This was a very good opportunity to find out how well this was received by the students. The school has already approached me for more sessions and I am excited about that.’’
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.
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.”