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Why choose an RTPI Apprenticeship?

With an RTPI apprenticeship you can ...

  • Progress in your career: surveys show that employers recognise and value apprenticeships so with hard work you could rise through the ranks quickly.
  • Achieve sought-after qualifications: apprenticeships are the gold standard for work-based learning.
  • Learn job-specific skills: learn from knowledgeable tutors and work alongside experienced professionals to gain in-demand skills.
  • Earn a salary: the average wage for an apprentice is £170 a week, though for a planner it is likely to be higher.
  • Top quality training: get on-the-job experience and off-the-job training.
  • Become a student member of the RTPI.

Our apprenticeship in Town Planning Technical Support includes the following qualifications:

  • ABBE Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Town Planning Technical Support.
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Town Planning Technical Support.
  • Functional Skills (English Level 2 and Maths Level 2)*
  • Personal Learning and thinking skills.
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities.

Your employer provides your on-the-job training in the NVQ Diploma and pays your wages. You will work alongside them and learn from some of the best in the business.

A learning provider can be a college, or other training organisation and they deliver the BTEC one day a week in college.

The work-based NVQ Diploma has several different pathways, depending on what interests you and your employer. These include: Development Management, Planning Enforcement, Spatial Planning, Conservation Technical Support, Building Control Technical Support.

*Not required if you have GCSE English and Maths at A – C.


What do our apprentices think?

The idea of earning money while learning was also tempting but I think being able to get work experience as well as a qualification puts you in a much better position in the end.

I feel this course will give me the edge, especially when I have completed my degree, I will have the relevant qualification and the experience.

To find out more about what it's like to be an apprentice from our apprentices themselves, listen to our podcast.

All apprentices can become free student members of the RTPI. Following completion, you could progress to Chartered Membership through Higher Education or by completing sufficient work experience.

How can I apply?

How can I hire an apprentice?

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