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RTPI Ambassadors

RTPI Ambassadors can access all information and resources in our Ambassadors Toolkit along with answers to frequently asked questions.

Calling RTPI members!

  • Do you have a desire to develop the next generation of planners?
  • Would you like to engage with young people and inspire them?
  • Do you want to develop or practice communication skills as part of your own CPD?
  • Are you proud of planning and proud of being a planner?

If the answer is yes, then becoming an RTPI Ambassador for the Future Planners project could be for you... Sign up here and get access to the Ambassadors Toolkit of resources.

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Who can be an Ambassador?

Whether you are a Chartered MRTPI, Licentiate or Student member - we welcome all applications from members.  The online resources can be used by both early career and experienced practitioners.

What does it take to be an RTPI ambassador?

Ambassadors present an image of planning that is professional, challenging, important and moreover, interesting! The role suits a member who is:

I do enjoy working with young people….they are so bright and full of hope!

  • Positive and committed: if you live and breathe planning, can spare a few hours a year and want to share your enthusiasm with a younger generation, then get in touch.
  • Able to enthuse and spark interest: our presentation style and language must be appropriate for the age of the school and university students. Can you discuss their questions at a level that holds their interest?
  • Confident in presenting: experience in presenting is an advantage, but you don't need prior experience.

What are the benefits of volunteering as an RTPI ambassador?

Meeting and working with a range of property colleagues from different backgrounds was a real highlight

  • Opportunities to contribute towards your annual CPD requirements
  • Enhancing those essential 'soft skills' needed for planning – e.g. presenting to groups, facilitating constructive debates around planning issues, explaining the planning process in plain English.
  • 'Giving something back' to young people and raising the idea of a career as a town planner.
  • Bridge building and raising the profile of your work with the local education community.

As a result of a Future Planners volunteer survey, Ambassadors can access an online toolkit with ideas for events, resources, guidance and lesson activities in one place.

Key results:

  • 68% of respondents find it simple to arrange and carry out volunteering activity.
  • 71% of respondents would like to do more volunteering and have more materials.

A full summary of the survey results can be downloaded here.