What will the apprentice be doing?
The Lincolnshire & Northamptonshire Sustainable Places team manages the Environment Agency’s input into development management and planning policy, working with local planning authorities and developers. We have a diverse workload including local plans, planning applications, major developments and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
You will manage the Environment Agency’s interaction with the planning process including planning consultations from councils, developers and consultants across the area. Your purpose will be to work closely with colleagues who deal with flood risk, contaminated land, water quality, biodiversity and permitted facilities to ensure the planning advice we provide is sound, and that we secure environmental improvements wherever possible.
You will join a positive, friendly and hardworking team who take pride in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations. You’ll receive coaching and mentoring from professional team members, working with and learning from experienced planning professionals.
Information on the Chartered Town Planning (degree) apprenticeship can be found at: https://www.rtpi.org.uk/become-a-planner/apprenticeships/
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship is a real job in planning which enable you to work and study at the same time. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will give you professional recognition and status as a qualified planner. You will end up as a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) having gained practical experience in the work place and passed an RTPI accredited degree. The scheme was developed by a group consisting of public and private sector representatives, planning employers, universities and training providers.
As well as the exciting range of work you’ll be involved in, we will support you through a Level 7 apprenticeship in Town Planning. This means you will be working in full time employment, gaining experience and working towards your Masters qualification, as well as attending University on day release each week. In addition, you will be provided with 20% of your normal working hours to complete the apprenticeship in working time.
This apprenticeship has two possible entry points and will typically take 3-6 years overall, depending on prior qualifications. Apprentices will be assessed through a Professional Discussion and the RTPI Assessment of Professional Competence.
You will learn about key areas of planning including sustainable development, planning law and stakeholder engagement. You will also learn how to undertake research, implement planning policy and manage projects. The approved standard and End-Point-Assessment documentation outlines the required planning knowledge, skills and behaviours for the apprenticeship.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
As well as the exciting range of work you’ll be involved in, we will support you through a Level 7 apprenticeship in Town Planning. This means you will be working in full time employment, gaining experience and working towards your Masters qualification, as well as attending University. In addition, you will be provided with 20% of your normal working hours to complete the apprenticeship in working time.
Reality CheckYou do not need a degree to apply for this position. Our planning apprenticeship roles are available to both degree and non-degree holders. You will need to meet the apprenticeship eligibility criteria, detailed in the candidate pack.
Skills RequiredCommunication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative
Qualifications RequiredGCSE or equivalent Any x 3 (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any subject x2 (Grade Grade A-C) Essential