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RTPI writes to Education Minister to unblock IfA apprenticeships decision

20 July 2018

Following the decision by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to dismiss the appeal against their decision to not pass the Town Planning Apprenticeship Level 7, the RTPI has written today to Anne Milton the Secretary of State for Education.

The letter outlines the serious concerns of the Planning Apprenticeship Trailblazers Group regarding the IfA’s handling of the apprenticeship approval and appeal process including the lack of clarity from the IFA.    

The Trailblazers Group has also written to the Chair and CEO of the IfA to request all information regarding the decisions around the apprenticeship and to complain about its handling by the IfA.   

Victoria Hills MRTPI, Chief Executive of the RTPI said in her letter

“On behalf of the RTPI Board of Trustees and 25,000 members I wish to express my deep dismay and concern at what appears to be a poor level of operational competence and transparency by the IfA.

“For example; the lack of dialogue and information during the application and appeal processes gives me no confidence that the IfA has any understanding of the importance the Trailblazers Group places on the role of professional bodies in setting industry-led qualifications for professional competence. 

“It is also apparent that the IfA does not understand the gold-standard professional qualifications that the RTPI sets under its Royal Charter. This is conspicuously at odds with the stated intention of the Government’s apprenticeship programme to be employer-led and aligned to professional qualifications.”

Read the letter from IfA rejecting the Trailblazers’ appeal 

Read the RTPI’s letter to Anne Milton 

Read the FOI request letter to the IfA