Derbyshire County Council

Chartered Town Planner Apprentice - Master's Degree (Level 7)


Derbyshire County Council

Training Provider:


Annual wage £17,400.00 to £18,000.00
37.0 hours per week Monday - Friday TBC
duration: 72 months
start: 7 September 2020
Master's Degree (Level 7)
Chartered Town Planner (degree) (apprenticeship standard)
12 July 2020 (application closing date)
The County Council’s Planning Services function is a professional service providing high quality output in a highly technical field of planning delivering the County Council’s statutory regulatory planning function for Minerals, Waste and the County Council’s own development.


The Town Planner Degree apprentice can expect to be involved in a variety of projects that will enable them to:

  • Understand how to implement organisation strategy and plans
  • Understand how a project moves through planning, design, development, deployment and evaluation
  • Develop an awareness of business, client and end user needs throughout the project or programme
  • Build an awareness of interpersonal and communication skills.

Within the specific context of the apprentice’s role, the key areas for development include:

  • Application of safe systems of work including taking responsibility for accessing and controlling risk, working within legislation, procedures and best practice
  • Awareness of the key principles, methods and processes that underpin the service area
  • Gained an awareness of the related codes of practice, legal and regulatory frameworks, that govern the related functions associated with the service
  • Developed a range of research techniques used to develop innovative solutions to problems making recommendations as and when required
  • Communicate effectively through the production of reports, presentations, specifications, drawings, digital media and discussions with those both inside and outside of the authority
  • Ability to use a range of performance monitoring, management and reporting techniques to ensure costs, service, quality and objectives are being achieved

General Responsibilities:

  • To commit to undertake, and successfully complete, the required work as defined within the relevant apprenticeship framework or standard
  • Work across a range of projects, providing advice and technical solutions where applicable to a range of stakeholders and customers
  • Carry out and record the continuing professional development necessary to maintain and enhance knowledge and competence.
  • Take responsibility for personal development, demonstrating commitment to learning and self-improvement and be open to feedback
  • Be confident and flexible in dealing with new and changing interpersonal situations, creating and maintaining productive working relationships  

Future Prospects

We offer an excellent work based training programme and you will be given lots of support to help you complete your apprenticeship, whilst gaining experience working for the council.

Skills Required

  • Undertake research and analysis of information
  • Ability to weigh evidence and evaluate alternative solutions
  • Report writing for and presenting to a wide range of groups of people
  • Engaging with and managing stakeholders and customers and building positive relationships
  • Deliver projects to time and ability to finish and evaluate outcomes identifying actions for improvement and development
  • Using appropriate systems and software to undertake investigations and research to inform quantitative and qualitative analysis and appraisal

Qualities Required

  • Enthusiastic and committed to achieving tasks required to complete the apprenticeship
  • Committed to own professional development and work within ethical and professional guidelines
  • Presentable and professional at all times
  • Communicate clearly in writing and verbally
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Manage work and time efficiently  
  • Ability to focus on problem solving and adopt a positive approach to securing agreed outcomes 

Qualifications Required

  • Level 3 qualifications e.g. A Levels or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a planning related discipline
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language

Training Provided

  • The apprenticeship scheme is run in conjunction with a training provider to ensure that you are supported by a first class training programme, which will enable you to achieve your required apprenticeship
  • You’ll be working towards successful completion of the Chartered Town Planner Level 7 Apprenticeship
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