End-point assessment organisation the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has developed further resources for apprentice students and employers to support them through the Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship. Kathryn Thomson, Head of Professional Development and Education at the RTPI, explained: “The degree apprenticeship started with a bang in 2019 with 190 recruits across the country and now has more than 300 apprentices on programme. The apprentices are learning relevant practical skills in the workplace as well as gaining long-term knowledge on sustainability, regeneration and good place-making through ten providers.”
The apprenticeship scheme is currently being delivered by ten universities: Birmingham, Brighton, UWE Bristol, Anglia Ruskin, Leeds Beckett, London South Bank, University College London, Plymouth, Westminster, and Sheffield Hallam.
Alishba, one of the new apprentices, said: “The apprenticeship provides me with an opportunity for career progression and a chance to learn more about the impact planning can have on shaping places.”
Another apprentice, Meghan, said: “The apprenticeship is definitely the best way to learn while on the job because it links the theoretical, academic aspect of the work with the day-to-day practicalities of being a planner.”
To gain access to the resource centre: www.rtpi.org.uk/membership/assessment-of-professional-competence/degree-apprenticeship-end-point-assessment/degree-apprenticeship-end-point-assessment-resource-centre
For further information on a career in town planning: www.rtpi.org.uk/media/3099809/about_planning_guide_latest.pdf