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Applications for the second round of RTPI initiative welcome

Words: Laura Edgar
Chief Planners of Tomorrow / RTPI

The RTPI has opened the entries for placements for its Chief Planners of Tomorrow initiative.

The initiative was designed to help planners in the first 10 years of post-qualification to understand the challenges and processes involved in making strategic decisions at senior level in local government.

Placements will take place from September to December, with more than 20 local planning authorities and RTPI Learning Partners taking part from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Timothy David Crawshaw, president of the RTPI, said: “It has been a pleasure to watch our Chief Planners of Tomorrow programme excel for another year. Watching the work of a chief planner, where decisions are made at the highest levels, is something that we know is incredibly valuable to those early in their careers.

“Participants tell us that it is an amazing opportunity, eye-opening, thought-provoking and informative. Perhaps because of this, the RTPI has seen the initiative grow annually, with more chief planners and young planners applying to be involved each year.”

Chief Planners of Tomorrow participant Jobe Elwell said: “This was a tremendous experience which was invaluable to someone just starting out in their career. My host chief planner was patient, considerate and knowledgeable, and by the end of the day we had developed great rapport with one another.

“I gained a greater appreciation of the value of engaging in regular communication and maintaining positive working relationships, the importance of exercising a clear vision across a variety of projects, and the benefits of gaining a wide variety of experiences across one’s career, to name a few. Overall, I found this extremely inspiring and has motivated me even more to become a chief planner myself one day.”

Chief Planners of Tomorrow participant Christina Sriramula said: “During my ‘Chief Planners of Tomorrow’ initiative, I have gained invaluable experience at senior leadership level on how strategic decisions are made in order to balance the client’s needs along with all the stakeholders involved in the planning process.

“It has allowed me to gain worthwhile connections from who I am able to advance my planning knowledge and communication skills. It will also complement my personal development progress and aid me further as a senior planner. On the whole, my ‘Chief Planners of Tomorrow’ experience has been eye-opening and thoroughly inspiring. It plays a pivotal part in not just shaping the town and cities, but also my future planning career.”

More information can be found on the RTPI website.

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