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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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Terence O'Rourke Ltd - Planning Graduate/Refresher Training

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.


Savills UK Ltd - Graduate Training Programme

The Savills programme for graduate planners, developed with input from existing Chartered Planners in the organisation, 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.

Savills aim to ensure anyone with the potential to have a career in Planning should be able to and have adopted a potential based recruitment process. Savills also invite client graduates and local authority planners to attend the programme.

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


Optimis Consulting - Graduate Programme

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.


Countryside Properties - Developing New Planners

Countryside Properties demonstrates a range of examples of their commitment to learning and development. They have a two-year graduate training programme, they speak at careers talks and professional events. They also provide site tours for local authority planners.  Planning staff are supported to keep up-to-date through a regular CPD programme.

These initiatives support planners into the profession and through their professional life.


HTA Design LLP - Tuesday Talks

HTA Design aims to inspire staff and support them to learn about things beyond everyday work through a weekly series of 'Tuesday Talks' The talks are held on a Tuesday evening in the office and are open to all staff from all teams to encourage interdisciplinary learning and reflection. The talks cover a broad range of topics from a variety of speakers and there is an opportunity for staff at all levels to suggest topics. The informal atmosphere encourages discussion between staff.

The 'Tuesday talks' build shared understanding between disciplines on cross-cutting issues and provide an opportunity for staff to shape their CPD.


Indigo Planning - Project Management and Business Skills Training Initiative

Indigo's initiative identified project management and business skills as essential complimentary skills for planners. They addressed this through training workshops and a best practice guide. Initially launched to senior staff, the training sessions were then rolled out to junior staff.  Workshops were held in all offices and had 100% attendance, they also encouraged feedback to influence the next set of workshops.

The initiative has developed a shared narrative on what project management means at Indigo which has become embedded in day-to-day work.




The winner of the 2018 Learning Partner Award will be announced on 24 October 2018 and will be presented by the RTPI President at the RTPI General Assembly where they will deliver a brief presentation of their entry. The winner will also be announced in The Planner and will have the opportunity to celebrate their success through a blog or video for the RTPI website.

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