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Host a placement, change the future

We are committed to creating a planning profession that is as diverse as the communities it represents. To achieve this, we must make sure that there is a consistent stream of talented young people choosing to become planners.

EXPLORE our work experience pilot puts us in a position to engage with young people at a key moment in their lives; at one of the points where they are starting to think meaningfully about their career options.  Launched in January 2022, EXPLORE, aims to encourage young people into the planning profession by giving them the opportunity to explore the many rewarding roles and opportunities that the planning profession can offer.  Last year working alongside out employer partners we placed 100 young people. Before the placement, 43% said they would consider a career in planning at the end and afterwards 90% said they would.  Building on the success we will be running EXPLORE again in 2023 with our delivery partner Pathway CTM.

Could your organisation host work experience placements this summer and help shape someone’s future and that of the profession?

Key Information:

  • Host 2 students in July
  • 5 day placement in person or hybrid
  • Placement must be within a planning team.
  • Have one enhanced DBS staff member
  • Deadline to commit to the placement programme for this Summer is 25th May

Why Host?

  • Enhance your public profile by engaging with your local community.
  • Training is provided to help plan, shape and implement placements.
  • This is a rewarding chance for structured and supported CSR. Employees who take
  • part in volunteering programmes report greater loyalty and pride in the company
  • they work for.
  • Access a pool of hidden talent – people who offer enthusiasm and a fresh
  • perspective to your business.

RTPI and Pathway CTM is offering support throughout the process

  • for host organisations: we’ll match you with a local school, give you a handbook with practical advice, ideas for activities and guidance on good practice.
  • we will offer webinars and resources for young people to help boost their employability skills
  • for students: we’re offering optional projects that they can work on during the week

To sign up or learn more email Chris McNamara at Pathway CTM [email protected]

You can find an enhanced DBS here.

Sign up now and join our existing employer partners and Host a placement, change the future




 Barton Willmore

Basingstoke & Deane Council


BNP Paribas

 Broxtowe Council

 Carter Jonas


Department of Education


 ELG Planning

 Glasgow City           Council


 Iceni Projects

Ingleton Wood

 Lambeth         Council

 Milton Keynes   Council

 NHS Property   Services

 Nuneaton and   Bedworth

Pegasus Group

 Planning   Inspectorate

 Regal London


 Terence O'Rourke