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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 is currently reviewing proposals to complete the process.  A plan submitted earlier in 2018 was unfortunately not approved by the government and the scheme is therefore being delayed.  We hope the government agrees the scheme so that it can start at one or more provider in September 2019.

The group consists of public and private sector representatives and the work has consulted with groups of other employers, universities and training providers.  It is chaired by Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils and CBRE.

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