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Apprenticeships in Town Planning

Do you want to 'earn while you learn'?

The world of the built environment is changing fast and to face the challenge of planning our future towns and cities you need up-to-date skills. But you don't need to sit in a classroom all day to get them.  An apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and get recognised qualifications as you go. This a first step to a career as a Town Planner and Chartered Membership of the RTPI.

There are two RTPI apprenticeship pathways

  • Town Planning Technical Support - Level 3 Diploma

  • Chartered Town Planning - Degree (In development)

What is Technical Support?

Planners help to physically shape our environment to make the places where we live, work and play better.

A job in Town Planning Technical Support - as a Planning Technician - could include supporting Planners with applications for development proposals, searching plans and land files, checking development permissions are met, setting up databases and using software including geographic information systems (GIS).  Technicans can often progress onto junior professional planning roles and Associate membership of the RTPI.

Interested in technical support apprenticeships?  Find out more:

Download our brochure for apprentices here.

Download our brochure for employers here.

Find the framework listed here - search for town planning

If you are enrolled on one of our apprenticeship schemes, you can apply for student membership of the RTPI. Download our application form here.


The RTPI is currently working with employers (known as a Trailblazer Group) to develop a Chartered Town Planner degree apprenticeship.   The Trailblazer Group secured approval from government for the first stage of the proposal in England and the Institute is developing the next stage of information for assessment.  The group consists of public and private sector representatives and is supported by a wider consultative group of other employers, universities and training providers.

Trailblazer Group members:

Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils (co-chair)

CBRE (co-chair)


Brighton & Hove Council

Edgars Limited

ELG Planning

Indigo Planning

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea


Segemoor District Council

Sport England

South Cambridgeshire District Council

St Albans City & District Council

Thurrock Council

Winchester City Council

Any employers wishing to express interest in employing a degree apprentice in 2018-19 should contact us with their details.