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


Kirklees Council

Training Provider:


Annual wage £22,462.00 to £29,636.00
37.0 hours per week Monday - Friday, shifts to be confirmed.
duration: 2 years
start: 1 August 2020
Master's Degree (Level 7)
Chartered Town Planner (degree) (apprenticeship standard)
5 positions available
14 June 2020 (application closing date)
You would contribute to providing a high quality customer-focused planning and development management service for the district. You would develop professional expertise to advise on local conservation, policy, enforcement and planning issues in line with statutory frameworks and the Council’s environmental and sustainability objectives.


Principal Accountabilities of the Apprenticeship:

  • To learn and be responsible for planning related activities and enquiries, including the consideration and preparation of reports on planning applications and enforcement reports and the development and implementation of planning/conservation policies and plans
  • To learn to manage a caseload which may include complex applications, undertaken with support and guidance and within agreed timescales. This work will include consultations, site inspections, negotiating and making recommendations
  • Learn to provide advice to the public, external stakeholders and colleagues regarding planning issues
  • Liaise effectively with staff at all levels across the organisation and external stakeholders and develop professional relationships with internal and external customers and communicate effectively through written correspondence, telephone or in person
  • Learn how to process and deal with a range of technical paperwork/plans
  • Learn how to, and assist in, the preparation of documents for internal and external meetings and, where appropriate to attend such meetings
  • Complete all paperwork and other associated administrative tasks to deadline and in accordance with any associated legislation
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues across the service to promote continuous service improvement and ensure that customers receive a consistently high quality of service that is reflected in customer feedback
  • Learn to investigate, collect evidence and prepare reports for enforcement action and advise on complaints of information concerning possible unauthorised works which are subject to control under Planning and associated legislation across the Borough

Future Prospects

Successful apprentices will gain a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) fully accredited qualification.

There is a clear expectation that apprentices will remain with Kirklees for a minimum of one year post qualifying. If an apprentice leaves having started the scheme, or within a year post qualifying, we may seek proportional payback.

Reality Check

The Apprenticeship offers the post holder the opportunity to apply for progression through the pay grades in accordance with the Progression Criteria for Development Management and Planning Policy. In order to progress the post holder would be required to submit a portfolio demonstrating the qualifications, skills and experience set out in Progression Criteria. This would be assessed by a panel including an independent manager.

Skills Required

We need our employees to be driven to achieve the best, to be hard working, respectful and thoughtful to each other and our customers and to be creative, wherever they work.

With an undergraduate degree in Town Planning, or related subject, you will have a positive approach, open to new ways of working and driven to provide excellent customer service.

You will enjoy working with people and working as part of a team. With a friendly, supportive and respectful manner you’ll enjoy the opportunity to engage with a wide range of customers both inside and outside of the council. Your excellent communication skills will underpin and support this.

Qualities Required

The right behaviours and attitudes are as important to us as the skills you bring to the job. We expect all our employees to demonstrate the following behaviours:

  • Positive
  • Honesty
  • Respectful
  • Flexible
  • Communicative
  • Supportive

We also expect you to promote and role model the Council’s Expectations of a New Council employee within the organisation.

Qualifications Required

  • Prior learning at degree level (Level 6, minimum 2:2 degree) in Town Planning or related subject
  • Five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C, 4 or above, including English language and maths
  • 112 UCAS points from at least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (AS Levels and general studies accepted)

Training Provided

The Apprenticeship will involve day-release study at Sheffield Hallam University on the Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship (Level 7 (MSc Urban Planning) course.

The course has core modules to complete. Your work experience will be linked to the modules in your course. You will receive additional support from a nominated mentor and work-based learning coach from SHU, throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship.

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