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21/04/2021

Cara Collier: My view on planning apprenticeships

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The enthusiasm of Chartered Town Planner Apprentice Cara Collier hasn’t been dampened by online learning and working from home

I started my first professional role in January 2020 at the London Borough of Havering as a planning policy technician. My line manager, Lauren Miller MRTPI, development planning team leader, was engaging and involved from the start. Her support was vital as I got to grips with the transition to working from home, which came early on in my career.

The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship route, at entry point 2, was offered to me soon after I started at Havering and I thought it was a great opportunity to accelerate my learning and put me on track to become a RTPI-accredited town planner. Guidance offered by London South Bank University’s apprenticeship team helped both Lauren and me to understand fully what was involved and to feel more confident about what to expect.

"I am able to apply what I learn straight away in my role, while also having some base knowledge and a practical angle to contextualise the topics"

I was at first apprehensive, but the support I have received from Havering has been exceptional. The team at LSBU has also provided extra support, including placing more importance on seminars and working groups to make connections with other students, and allowing for more flexible learning arrangements with pre-recorded content and extensive online resources.

I am able to apply what I learn straight away in my role, while also having some base knowledge and a practical angle to contextualise the topics we are discussing in lectures. 

I have already learned so much and I am excited about the new modules I have just started on Planning Law and Housing Regeneration.

Cara was writing for the RTPI blog 

Find out more about the RTPI Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship

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