Pupils from The Henley College, Henley-on-Thames learnt about planning when they had a visit from a ‘Future Planner’ ambassador from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) on 18th June. The students studying for their A’ levels 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 explained how planners work with local people to achieve great places to live, work and play. The ambassador also talked about the skill sets required by planners and the potential routes to study planning at university.
Alice Suttie, Planning Officer, Wokingham Borough Council and a Future Planner ambassador said : “The Ambassador presentations not only introduce young people to an exciting career but also start them thinking about how planning affects them and how they can get involved with local planning issues.”
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.”