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Pathways to Planning Graduate Scheme

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Pathways to Planning – the Local Government Association’s (LGAs) new scheme - equipping graduates to become the next generation of local government planners.

Behind every community lies built and natural environments which shape the way we live our lives. Planning is the art of making places, considering how these places work and the impact they have on our environment. It is about providing homes, not housing. People need places to live but also to work, learn, care and enjoy. This is the role of a planner.

The LGA’s new graduate scheme, Pathways to Planning, will equip talented individuals to fast track their career as a planner in local government. Graduates will be placed in a local council planning team where they will work full time for a minimum of three years, learning on the job and studying part-time on an RTPI accredited Master’s course. They will receive paid time off to study, varied work experience and mentoring to help boost their career.

This is a brand new scheme and the LGA are currently looking for individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to form their pilot cohort of 30! This is an incredibly exciting opportunity. Within the West Midlands region, two councils are taking part in this pilot:

Further Details 

  • Graduates will work full time and receive a starting salary of £26,000, plus London weighting (if relevant).
  • The programme includes a fully-funded MA or MSc in Planning with paid time off work to study.
  • All Pathways councils will offer a three-year work contract as a minimum.
  • The LGA are looking for individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to form their pilot cohort of 30 graduates who want to become the planners of the future, representing and delivering change for their communities
  • You don't need to have a relevant degree or work experience, as the application process will measure your natural potential and uncover planners who are made for the job.

Let this be the first step in your career as a planner. Find out more and apply today via the LGA’s website

This programme is funded by UK Government. 
Closing date: 12.00pm midday, Wednesday 1 November 2023

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