Pupils from Ffynone House School, Swansea learnt about planning when they had a visit from a ‘Future Planner’ ambassador from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) on 16th June. The 22 students in Year 12 found out about the challenges planners seek to address and the career opportunities available in the profession.
The RTPI ambassador spoke to students about the impact of planning on their everyday lives and about different planning courses available. The ambassador also talked about the skill sets required by planners and the potential routes to study planning at university.
Mark Harris, Planning & Policy Advisor Wales, Home Builders Federation Ltd and a Future Planner ambassador said: “The students were very interested to hear about planning in general and how it related to their day to day experience. A couple of the pupils were interested about careers in planning and asked questions about the salaries planners earn and how planning can link to the law. Robert Appleby and Nicholas Heard, two students from Cardiff University, who came along to support me on the day, also talked to the pupils about different planning courses.”
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.”