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Learning Partner Award 2018

The RTPI Learning Partner Award recognises excellence in learning and development for planners by employers who have been accredited as RTPI Learning Partners.

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Savills UK Ltd - Graduate Training Programme

Savills were rewarded for their redeveloped Graduate Scheme. The programme was developed with input from existing MRTPI staff to identify key skills gaps and identified the importance of embedding graduate training in everyday work and looking beyond qualification. The programme strives to ensure a high APC pass rate as well as developing the skills graduates need for their planning careers.

The judging panel were impressed by this programme and said "It has a clear approach to graduate development and recruits graduates based on potential rather than just academic success."

The judges were particularly impressed that Savills invited local authority and client graduates to attend the training sessions and by the support provided for non-cognate students and the wellbeing support provided for all graduates.

The Savills Graduate Scheme has a 100% APC pass rate and gives graduates a mix of technical and professional skills.



Terence O'Rourke

Terence O'Rourke's initiatives aim to raise awareness of planning across all disciplines. Their 'Sharing Know-How" seminars enable interdisciplinary learning and 'Technical Know-How' seminars update planning staff.

To support less experienced staff, Terence O'Rourke developed a programme of specific training sessions for new planners. They also run 'Introduction to Planning' sessions for less experienced staff from the architecture and landscape team.

The initiatives provide opportunities for both junior and senior staff to develop their knowledge. They have also grown awareness of the planning process with other professionals.


Optimis Consulting

Optimis Consulting is a small, growing organisation. Their graduate programme is tailored to the individuals' interests and needs. Graduates are given the opportunity to learn about planning and land development and are encouraged to organise both their own and company-wide training in the areas that interest them. The scheme provides a route into the profession for career changers and aims to recruit by potential by interviewing all candidates twice.

This approach has brought planners into the profession from diverse backgrounds bringing positive skills, ideas and processes to projects.

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