London university launches chartered planner apprenticeship scheme

London South Bank University (LSBU) has launched a new five-year degree-level apprenticeship programme to train chartered town planners, claiming it to be the first course of its kind.

Planning: new apprenticeship course launched (pic: Getty)
Planning: new apprenticeship course launched (pic: Getty)

In March, the first degree-level apprenticeship to train chartered town planners was approved by the government, with employers in England able to recruit candidates immediately to start the programme this autumn.

Last week, LSBU’s School of Law and Social Sciences launched a new course under the scheme.

The Level 7 Chartered Town Planner apprenticeship programme will start this September and, according to LSBU, includes elements of: planning, politics and theory; with optional specialisms in housing and regeneration, sustainable infrastructure, mobility and urban design; planning law in practice and best practice in spatial planning.

On completion of their course, successful apprentices will gain a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) fully-accredited qualification and become chartered members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI), allowing them to use the title ‘chartered town planner’.

Speaking at the launch event, professor Craig Barker, dean of LSBU’s School of Law and Social Sciences. said: "LSBU is already renowned in the industry for excellence in delivering town planning qualifications. We are very proud to be able to build on this heritage now, with our new chartered town planner apprenticeship scheme.

"There are currently five providers listed with the RTPI at the moment, but LSBU is the only one to offer the full five-year route, taking on people with ‘A levels’ or experience but no formal qualifications, all the way from level 4 to level 7."

Last month, the RTPI revealed that the proportion of English planners working in the private sector has risen by about 50 per cent in the past decade, while thousands appear to have left the public sector to join consultancies or developers in the same period.

An article looking at the implications of the new RTPI planning apprenticeship scheme can be found here.

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