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Apprenticeships in Town Planning

How to 'earn while you learn'

Our built environment is changing fast and to face the challenge of planning our future towns and cities you need up-to-date skills. But you don't need to sit in a classroom all day to get them.  An apprenticeship is a real job with training and can be a first step to a career as a Town Planner and Chartered Membership of the RTPI.

There are two RTPI apprenticeship pathways:

  • Town Planning Technical Support - Level 3 Diploma

  • Chartered Town Planner - Degree (in development for 2019)

Town Planning Technical Support - Level 3 Diploma

A job in Town Planning Technical Support - as a Planning Technician - includes supporting Planners with applications for development proposals, searching plans and land files, checking development permissions are met, setting up databases and using software including geographic information systems (GIS). Download our brochure for apprentices here.

Find the framework listed here - search for town planning.  If you are enrolled on this RTPI apprenticeship, you can apply for student membership of the RTPI.

Chartered Town Planner - Degree (in development for 2019)

The RTPI is currently working with a group of employers known as a Trailblazer to develop a Chartered Town Planner degree apprenticeship.   The Trailblazer has submitted its final plan however the government has not approved it and the scheme is therefore being delayed.

The group consists of public and private sector representatives and is supported by a wider consultative group of other employers, universities and training providers.

Trailblazer Group members:

Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils (co-chair)

CBRE (co-chair)


Brighton & Hove Council

Edgars Limited

ELG Planning

Indigo Planning

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea


Segemoor District Council

Sport England

South Cambridgeshire District Council

St Albans City & District Council

Thurrock Council

Winchester City Council

Any employers wishing to express interest in employing a degree apprentice in 2018-19 should contact us with their details.