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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?
  • Are you proud of planning and proud of being a planner?

If the answer is yes, then becoming an Ambassador for the Future Planners project could be for you... Sign up here.

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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.

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

  • Your participation in the programme can contribute towards your annual CPD requirements
  • You will develop and enhance the essential 'soft skills' needed for planning – e.g. presenting to groups, facilitating constructive debates around planning issues, explaining the planning process in plain English.
  • Your delivery will bring spatial planning to life for young people and inspire them to consider it as a career thus building a pipeline of planners for the future.
  • It will build a bridge between education and industry and raise the profile and exposure of your company with the local education community
  • You will feel proud of 'giving something back' to the industry and helping to develop the next generation of planners.

Future Planners volunteer survey

In autumn 2016, the RTPI surveyed members who participated in, or were interested, in volunteering as part of the Future Planners programme, which brings town planners to the classroom and promotes planning as a career choice.The aim was to gather information that would feed into ways to improve the Future Planners programme.

Key results:

  • 68% of respondents find it simple to arrange and carry out volunteering activity.
  • 71% of respondents would like to do more volunteering.
  • The most popular activity is giving a career presentation at a school.
  • Volunteers would like more materials to support delivery of an activity or lesson to school pupils.
  • Volunteers used Inspiring the Future succesfully to arrange school visits.

As a result of the survey, the RTPI developed an online toolkit for Ambassadors to access all relevant resources (including lesson activities) and guidance in one place.

A full summary of the results can be downloaded here.