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Apprenticeships are real jobs offered by a range of planning employers.

By becoming an apprentice, you can:

• Start your career in planning
• Achieve professional qualifications
• Work alongside experienced planning professionals
• Gain in-demand skills
• Earn a salary whilst you study

There are two RTPI apprenticeship pathways:

Chartered Town Planner Degree – includes an RTPI accredited qualification and professional membership on completion.

Town Planning Technical Support – for a career as an assistant planner or technical officer.  This apprenticeship closed for new starts in July 2020. 

A new Town Planning Assistant (L4) apprenticeship standard is currently in development and awaiting government approval. It is hoped it will be available for new starts in 2021.

Apprentices are employed directly by employers and there are a number of places where town planning apprentice roles are advertised.

Where to look for apprenticeships:

  • Search for town planning on the government’s Find An Apprenticeship website
  • Search for degree level apprenticeships through UCAS
  • Search for apprenticeships on your local authority’s websites
  • Search for apprentice roles on The Planner Jobs
  • Ask family and friends if they know of any employers who would be interested in taking you on
  • Contact RTPI Learning Partners and see what positions they may have available
  • Search the RTPI Consultants Directory for local firms that may be recruiting
  • Training providers may also be able to put you in touch with employers looking for apprentices.