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Frequently Asked Questions

Becoming an RTPI Ambassador

How can someone sign up to be an RTPI Ambassador?

You can sign up online in order to keep up to date with the latest events and resources.

I've signed up, what next?

Thank you for volunteering as part of the Future Planners Initiative. Use the Ambassadors Toolkit to get support contacting schools, access resources, order promotional materials and get tips on engaging young people. Also, look out for opportunities advertised by email and in the Ambassadors' Newsletter.

How much volunteering do I have to do?

How much time you can give is up to you. We encourage our Ambassadors to carry out at least one activity a year promoting the Future Planners Initiative. Each time you volunteer on behalf of the Future Planners initiative, let us know using the online feedback form.

Do I just have to visit schools?

How you participate in the initiative is up to you. You can find suggested types of activity in the Ambassadors Toolkit.

Preparing for a school visit

How can I get in touch with schools?

You can find tips, advice and agencies who connect volunteers with schools in the Ambassadors Toolkit.

Is there a PowerPoint I can use?

Yes, you can find an adaptable presentation along with a guide to delivery in the resources section of the Ambassadors Toolkit.

Are there lesson activities I can use?

The Planning the Future activity pack contains fun, planning themed lessons that you can pick and choose from. The activities are suitable for young people ages 11 - 18.

Can I create my own presentation or activity?

Yes! How you participate in the initiative is up to you. Please share any ideas and resources by emailing ambassadors@rtpi.org.uk

What promotional material can the RTPI provide?

Careers brochures, flyers and giveaways can be sent for you to use at your event. Find out how in the Ambassadors Toolkit.

I don't have much experience in schools, what help is there?

You can use our ready-made careers presentation, the Planning the Future activity pack assumes no classroom experience and the Toolkit contains a guide to delivering an engaging session.

After the event

What do I do once I have completed some volunteering?

Send us your feedback using the online feedback form.

I came up with a great idea, how can I share my experience?

Please share any ideas and resources by emailing ambassadors@rtpi.org.uk

What if I've thought of something that can be improved?

We welcome all suggestions. Send us your feedback using theĀ online feedback form or email ambassadors@rtpi.org.uk.

Career paths

What are the routes to RTPI membership?

Find out about the different paths to RTPI membership online and in the RTPI brochure.

What promotional material can the RTPI provide?

Careers brochures, flyers and giveaways can be sent for you to use at your event. Find out how in the Ambassadors Toolkit.

What advice should I give to future town planners?

Our next Steps for a Future Planner webpage contains information about schools subject choices, options at undergraduate and postgraduate level and alternative routes to the profession.

Where can I find information on accredited planning schools?

All RTPI accredited course are listed on our website.

What about apprenticeships?

Several colleges currently offer a level 3 Town Planning Technical Support apprenticeship. You can learn more on our webpages or in our guides for apprentices and employers.

Does offering work experience or mentoring count?

Yes. You can find organisations that help employers offer mentoring and work experience in our Ambassadors Toolkit. If you are open to school pupils and students in search of work experience contacting you, please email careers@rtpi.org.uk to let us know.