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How can I employ an RTPI Apprentice?

The RTPI, in conjunction with the Construction Industry Council, has developed a new Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship is aimed at young people and school leavers looking for their first position in town planning. The apprenticeship will also benefit people working in a technical or administrative support role who are looking to advance their careers.

Download our brochure here.

The RTPI is currently working with employers to develop a Chartered Town Planner degree apprenticeship. If you are interested in being part of the Trailblazer group or employing apprentices on the new standard once it is in delivery, please contact us.

I'm interested, what do I do next?

In you wish to employ an apprentice on the Technical Support Apprenticeship, then read our guidance and contact one of the learning providers. They can work with you to agree timings, delivery modes and costs. They can also assist in advertising, interviewing and shortlisting candidates. From April 2017, the Digital Apprenticeship Service will help you to set up an apprenticeship.

If you are not located near to one of the listed colleges, please get in touch. The amount of time it takes to launch an Apprenticeship programme will vary according to the employers and colleges involved.

If you are interested in supporting the development of a Chartered Town Planner degree apprenticeship or employing apprentices on the new standard once it is in place, please contact us.

What are the business benefits of an apprenticeship?

Apart from the skills & knowledge it gives the individual, the Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship can also provide the following benefits:

  • Fill skill-gaps, including specialist skills specific to planning 
  • Grown and mould your own experts
  • Motivate your staff, energise your workplace and reduce staff turnover
  • Enable technical support staff to progress on to team leaders 
  • Professionalise your technical support function

Apprentices can progress to Chartered Membership through fully-accredited part-time or distance learning degrees, or through the Associate route.

What does the Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship include?

Apprentices will complete the level 3 ABBE NVQ through work-based training. There are several pathways for you to choose (including Spatial Planning, Development Management and Planning Enforcement) depending on your needs.

The knowledge based level 3 BTEC is delivered by a college or other learning provider. Colleges are often very flexible on how they can deliver the BTEC and can offer multiple start dates, day-release delivery or block delivery. Colleges currently running the scheme are Bridgwater & Taunton College, Chichester College, Havering College and Oaklands College. Moulton College in Northamptonshire will be delivering the apprenticeship from May 2017 and are offering block delivery.

The course lasts for 2 years and is the equivalent of 2 A-levels plus transferable work-based skills. Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and paid at least the minimum wage. Costs of delivering the BTEC and the amount of time employees will need to be released from work can be agreed with the College. The government is making changes to the way it funds apprenticeships from April 2017, with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Who are our current employers?

Currently, most of our participating employers are based in the south of England. If you want to grow your own talent, widen access to the profession and benefit from the dynamic and energetic contribution of young people, then why not follow these trailblazers and offer an opportunity to a young person.

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