Moulton College has become one of only four colleges in the UK to offer a Level 3 Town Planning Technical Support apprenticeship.
The new two-year apprenticeship has been introduced with support from the Royal Town Planning Institute. It builds on the college’s existing curriculum areas of construction and the built environment.
Peter Thom, Employer Engagement Officer at Moulton College, said: “This new apprenticeship is the first step towards a career in planning for many people across the country.“
He explained: “There’s been a growing skills shortage in planning, which employers are actively addressing. We’re helping them through a flexible learning model that meets their needs even if they’re at the other end of the country.
“Our modular roll-on, roll-off scheme lets students join or leave the programme at any time, and our block-release dates and comfortable student accommodation mean they can come and study for a week at a time rather than travel long distances once a week.”
Current employers taking advantage of the scheme are Lincolnshire County Council, Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council, the Environment Agency, the Coal Authority, Roger Coy Partnership, CALA Homes (Midlands) Ltd, Coventry City Council, Blaby District Council and Ashfield District Council.
Keri Monger, who is studying for the Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship while working for the Environment Agency, said: “This has been a good introduction to the wider planning world as it has enabled me to focus on areas I wouldn’t necessarily look at on a day-to-day basis in my job.
“I’m looking forward to the other modules and the variety of skills I will be able to develop. I feel it will benefit my career progress and would recommend it to anyone who has just started out in a planning role.”
Modules included within the new apprenticeship are sustainable construction, building regulations, topographical surveying, construction technology and design, town planning processes and policies, and ICT for construction and the built environment.
Peter Thom commented: “We are one of only four providers of this apprenticeship in the UK and the only one not in the south. We expect more and more local authorities and businesses will approach us to take advantage of this great opportunity – among other business benefits – to grow and mould new staff, motivate existing employees, reduce employee turnover and facilitate career progression.
All Town Planning apprentices are eligible for free student membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and can progress to Chartered Membership through educational or work-based routes.
For more information about the Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship, please call Peter Thom on 01604 491131 x2614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .