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Ask the RTPI: Institute's free advice service for members has record year

15 December 2011

Survey finds 98% of users rate service highly.

The RTPI's Planners in the Workplace (PIWP) service has dealt with over 400 direct queries from members, delivered fourteen regional career workshops and its online resources were visited 20,000 times in 2011.

chris sheridanPlanners in the Workplace service manager, Chris Sheridan (pictured), said:

"We've been very busy this year and we want even more members to make use of the service in 2012. It's completely free and designed to support our members throughout their careers".

"A wide range of advice and support is on offer, including career support, guidance on starting your own practice, information on a range of workplace issues, from job evaluation to conflicts of interest, as well as an employment law helpline. The service also provides a range of management guidance notes, helping planners become better managers".

RTPI Chief Executive Trudi Elliott said:

"Our Planners in the Workplace initiative goes from strength to strength. It's easy to access and very popular - with a recent survey showing 98% of members rated it 'good' or 'very good'."

A key project in 2011 involved working with RTPI Regions and Nations to deliver 14 career support workshops, attended by over 300 delegates, designed to help graduates, unemployed planners and those looking to offer consultancy services.

The Employment Law hotline includes advice on maternity and paternity leave, redundancy, changes to terms of employment, flexible working, and rights for parents and carers.

Other RTPI members recommend the service:

Peter Cornfield MRTPI said:

"Having been a public sector planner for a decade and an RTPI member of 6 years, I recently decided to set up a consultancy. The help, advice, support and direction given by the service is worth much more than the membership fees! Definitely value for money and great to know the right help is there for members."

James Carpenter MRTPI said:  

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and the team (at the RTPI) on a really useful resource in the shape of the guidance on workplace and practice issues. I have no doubt that it will be of great use to Planners across our region".

For further information on Planners in the Workplace please click here.