The London Borough of Tower Hamlets development and renewal graduate recruitment scheme has attracted more than 300 applications over the past two years.
It has resulted in full-time employment for eight candidates and another four graduates are now set to begin working for the council.
Head of development decisions Mike Kiely said: "It is recognised nationally that there is a shortage of planners and this is particularly acute across London.
"Last summer we decided to introduce graduate positions that would allow us to recruit, train and grow our own planners in Tower Hamlets. We hope to introduce a similar scheme into building control later this year."