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New standard moves degree apprenticeship scheme forward

23 October 2017

The RTPI is working with employers (known as the Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employer Group) to develop a new apprenticeship standard for Chartered Town Planners in England. 

Milestone in delivering alternative route to profession

This is part of the preparation of the RTPI’s proposal for a Degree Apprenticeship for Chartered Town Planners in England. It represents a key milestone in delivering this alternative route to enter the profession, with the aim to start courses from as early as September 2018, subject to government approvals and delivery arrangements with accredited universities.

The proposal is to create an apprenticeship that will combine academic education with vocational training to equip future employees with vital skills as well as a degree.

School leavers will be able to earn a wage from an employer while being sponsored to complete a fully accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree without paying fees.

Andrew Close, RTPI Head of Careers, Education & Professional Development, said:

“The ultimate success of the degree scheme lies in the quality and employability of the apprentices. These new standards describe the high level knowledge, skills and behaviours required to succeed and it is important to get support and input from as many potential employers in the sector as possible.”

Employers' feedback sought

If you are an employer (or you are just interested in the development of entry routes to the profession), the Trailblazer Employer Group would welcome your response to the survey here. 

If you work for a University, the Group would welcome your feedback using the survey here.

A copy of the draft standard can be downloaded from these survey links.  The survey will be open until midnight on Monday, 6 November. 

The length of the proposed apprenticeships has yet to be confirmed, but typically they are completed within six years. The cost of course fees is shared between Government and the employer.

Currently, the vast majority of planners enter the profession after graduating from RTPI-accredited undergraduate or postgraduate planning degrees. This development is in addition to these existing routes, which will continue.