PINS launches Planning Academy to boost skills

Written by: Colin Marrs
Published on: 16 May 2014

Planning Inspectorate HQ

The Planning Inspectorate is launching a new Planning Academy aimed at giving staff more experience of the decision-making process.

The initiative has been developed as a result of the increased use of planners in roles across the organization, resulting from recommendations in the Civil Service Plan.

The inspectorate says it is now taking on future workforce challenges through a “grown your own” strategy, aided by the new academy.

A statement from the inspectorate said: “This academy creates an opportunity to implement a more productive delivery model which will capitalise on the skills we already have available in-house.”

The programme will offer a number of development opportunities ranging from short term placements and interventions to a long term educational and CPD route.

Each person would have a bespoke development plan aligned with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) assessment of professional competence.

Representatives from the University of West England have offered advice and can provide a range of course modules and support to meet individual needs.

Candidates will have a detailed training programme along with support from a dedicated mentor.

They will be expected to keep a learning and development log as part of their personal development plans for discussions with their line managers.

The inspectorate said: “This will assist those people seeking full membership of the RTPI."

As part of their learning, candidates may be required to spend placement time at Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), local planning authorities and/or our offices in Wales/ Bristol as part of their CPD.”

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