National planning group chief Richard Shaw believes that young planners are still significantly under-equipped to deal with the new demands of the industry.
"If you compare recruitment with architecture, many young graduates in that sector have had to work for a year as part of their studies," he said.
"By comparison, planning graduates have to play catch-up. We make our planning graduates spend time with our property development team," he explained.
Shaw said he would like to see graduates from his own firm spend time in local authorities to pick up valuable experience. "It is certainly an idea we would be keen to explore," he added.