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RTPI launches work-shadow initiative for young planners

18 December 2018

The RTPI is joining forces with local planning authorities (LPAs) to offer young planners the work experience of a Chief Planning Officer.

At the invitation of the RTPI, 15 LPAs from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have expressed an interest in hosting a young planner for a day as part of a work-shadowing initiative.

The aim is to give participants opportunity to:

  • Learn from the best - those who currently hold senior leadership roles in LPAs
  • Understand what it’s like to be ‘at the top table’ – the challenges and opportunities
  • See how  strategic decision making processes are made at top level

The RTPI recently published ‘Chief Planning Officers: The corporate and strategic influence of planning in local authorities’, highlighting planning’s importance as a strategic corporate function that helps councils tackle social, economic and environmental challenges.

Victoria Hills MRTPI, RTPI Chief Executive, said:

“The initiative builds on work undertaken by the RTPI to champion good leadership in planning and to provide our Chief Planners of the future with development opportunities.

“The most cited barriers to professional advancement amongst our members are a lack of development management programmes and career mentors.  Often planners have the vision and skills but lack leadership confidence to deliver – we want to see this change.” 

Who can get involved

If you are a Young Planner (in the first 10 years of post-qualification experience and a current member of the RTPI), are ambitious about what you own career journey might look like, and want to find out more about senior management, our initiative will give you’re a taster of what it is like ‘at the top table’. Find out more and apply here.

If you are a Chief Planner and would like your LPA to get involved, please contact