A Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship is currently available. The apprenticeship is aimed at young people and school leavers looking for their first position in town planning. The apprenticeship can also benefit people working in a technical or administrative support role who are looking to advance their careers.
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The RTPI is currently working with employers to develop a Chartered Town Planner degree apprenticeship. If you are interested in employing apprentices on the new standard once it is in delivery, from September 2018, please contact us.
I'm interested in employing a technical support apprentice, 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. In England 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.
What are the business benefits of an apprenticeship?
- 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 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 over 2 years. 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, Oaklands College and Moulton College
Who are our current employers?
Currently, most of our participating employers are based in the south of England.