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Apprentice Town Planner

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Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Growth

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Planning/Housing/Building Control - Prof - Planning/Housing/Building Control - Prof

Job Title

Apprentice Town Planner



Salary Range (£ pro rata for part time roles)

BBU06 20,444 - 22,129

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Bedford Borough Council is looking for two apprentice town planners from September 2022. The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship is a real job in planning enabling you to work and study at the same time. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will give you professional recognition and status as a qualified planner. 

Is this is the right apprenticeship for you?

- Do you want to learn and build your career?
- Do you like looking at things from different points of view?
- Are you interested in the built environment and want to make better places where people live, work and play?
- Do you possess a minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English, as well as possessing or expecting to possess by September 2022 either 3 A’Levels, grade BCC; or BTEC National Diploma MMM; or Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship – Level 3 Diploma; or Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points.
- Are you committed and willing to study for 5 years?

If you have answered yes to all of the above then this apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity to ‘earn whilst you learn’. The apprenticeship is fully funded so allows you to secure a qualification with no tuition fees and earn a wage at the same time.

What will you be doing?
- Attending London Southbank University one day per week (term time) for 5 years to study for the PgDip Chartered Town Planner (Apprenticeship) (part-time) qualification -;
- Conducting research to inform planning advice and decisions;
- Helping review and determine planning applications;
- Assisting with consultations and negotiations with planning applicants, planning consultants and developers;
- Researching and gathering evidence to aid the preparation of planning policy or guidance documents;
- Assisting the enforcement of planning controls for developments;
- Helping to draft planning appeal statements, collating appeal documents and submissions, and assisting the running of a planning hearing or public enquiry;
- Maintaining planning GIS database and preparing planning committee presentations.

You will receive on the job training in the Planning Department working primarily in Development Management, but rotating to Planning Enforcement, Planning Appeals and Planning Policy.
Following successful completion of the PgDip, you will be a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) having gained practical experience in the work place and passed an RTPI accredited degree. 
You will be employed full time for the duration of the PgDip, with 4 days at work and 1 day at university (you must be prepared to do coursework, carry out directed reading and towards the end of the PgDip write a dissertation in your own time).


For an informal chat, please contact Janine Laver –


To apply, please upload your CV and document detailing how you meet the selection criteria for the role.


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Allowance (pro rata for part time roles)


Work Pattern

Monday to Friday

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Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough Council Recruitment, Bedford


Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK41 9AP

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