Atkins Ltd – Atkins Planning Academy and Atkins Professionals Programme
Atkins launched a Planning Academy to provide a framework and guidance for the training and professional development of staff with a planning or related economic, social or environmental degree to support these staff towards becoming a Chartered Town Planner and beyond. Atkins have developed a blend of initiatives to support the programme: Planning modules, a series of online or face-to-face technical modules; an APC mentoring programme; a work experience programme to find opportunities for graduates to gain experience in areas supporting their APC or career development; and APC Guidance including example log books will be available on the Academy's internal web page. Atkins developed a Future Proofing Cities board game as part of the Atkins Future Proofing Cities Programme used as a professional development tool to foster integration and learning among our built environment professionals as part of Atkins graduate training programme in the UK and a number of other countries. Atkins Professionals Programme is a flexible development programme to support professionally qualified staff through technical masterclasses, a CPD e-bulletin, online CPD log, online planning modules and a variety of work.
Cornwall Council – Cornwall Council planning training programme
The Cornwall Council planning training programme consists of four strands seeking to improve the standard of planning knowledge and expertise in-house; across the various sectors in the County; within communities; and to promote the work of the Royal Town Planning Institute. The four strands are: Cornwall Councillors, who have an annual training programme on a range of planning topics which was endorsed by the RTPI SW board; Town and Parish Councils, a series of three annual Planning conferences are held with workshops on 'hot issues' proposed by the Towns and Parishes and Cornwall councillors are involved in the workshops; Planning Agents & Developers; the Council run regular agents forums and developers forums throughout the year; Cornwall Council Planning & Enterprise Staff, staff attend formal in-house training events, RTPI SW events and are encouraged to undertake modules on RTPI Learn. There is a gradual stepping stone route for administrative staff to move through to development management roles. The training programme has had a marked effect on Local Council and Unitary Council relationships, maintaining high levels of communication, allowing the sharing of good practice between Councils and is equipping parishes with sound planning knowledge in order to make good recommendations to the Unitary Authority. This has been recognised by a LGA/PAS Peer review.
Savills – Savills Graduate Planning Scheme
Savills Graduate Planning Scheme is designed to develop professional and interpersonal skills to achieve MRTPI. Savills undertook a review of their Graduate Planning Scheme and the scheme was improved by providing financial assistance to non-cognates to undertake planning qualifications, strengthening the graduate induction, covering the whole spectrum of the property industry for all graduates, including planning for surveyors, formal mentoring and mentor training, a structured APC timetable, which can be tailored to individual circumstances with mentors, introducing a compulsory annual National Graduate Planning Day, with RTPI and university contacts present to discuss weak topics, including ethics and the PDP, three days study leave to prepare for their APC, a Planning Director as Graduate Programme Manager, a graduate contact in each Planning Team to support/arrange funds for social, CPD events and networking and sponsoring the Young Planners Conference, encouraging involvement on Young Planning Networks/Committees. Also, recognising that organisations, including in the public sector, had limited resources for graduate specific training, Savills invited colleagues from the public sector and clients to join training sessions. The improved Graduate Scheme has resulted in an increased pass rate, reduced graduate numbers leaving the company, improved employability between divisions – some planners now entering Development Consultancy teams recognised as being stronger property professionals than pure surveyors, a wider knowledge and ability of graduates to share commercial awareness skills with clients, positive client and public sector feedback and with a more structured training programme, more MRICS members of staff have also become MRTPI or Associate RTPI.