Town Planning Assistant

Competitive salary
United Kingdom

Job Reference: ART-TMHcQXAcyTC

Who are we?

ART Providers Skill Centre (ART) is a UK based organization that is committed to provide you with the right skills, learning and career opportunities in your chosen apprenticeship course programme. We exist to produce top quality apprentices and support employers in bridging them to the right apprentice such as yourself.

We are now offering a Town Planning Assistant course programme in Level 4. Inquire now!


What will you learn in this course?

An apprentice for Town Planning Assistants your broad purpose if successful is to work with, and provide technical and administrative support to Chartered Town Planners to deliver new developments and to shape and create sustainable places for the benefit of the public. Help members of the public and/or clients to navigate the planning system and explain its rules and requirements. Assist Chartered Town Planners with community engagement and consultation and provide members of the public, clients and counsellors with relevant planning advice. 


Town Planning Assistant apprentice will be able to manage a caseload of planning applications under supervision and support Chartered Town Planners to deliver projects. Town Planning Assistants who are Associate Members of the Royal Town Planning Institute must abide by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Code of Professional Conduct and ethical standards while abiding by an Employer Code of Conduct. 


You will also work under the supervision of Chartered Town Planners for more complex analysis and assessment work including writing reports and processing major planning applications. You will also be expected to manage their workload to set deadlines and work in accordance with health and safety and environmental considerations.


Previous accomplishments are meticulously deliberated from the start to ensure time on the programme is maximized. Our approach is strong Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) to guarantee that each Apprentice understands the context of their learning, the assessment methodology and that their future career advancement is carefully mapped into their journey.


Knowledge you’ll gain:

  • Town planning regulations, policy and guidance. Appreciation of the implications of case law for planning applications and statutory plan-making.
  • Form development management and development plans that happen in planning and their supporting administrative processes. How to respond to requests for technical information about proposals and planning issues.
  • Environmental and ecological designations and processes relevant to the planning system. Where to find information identifying potential flood risk for developments and matters such as energy and climate change.
  • Natural and historic environments that can be affected by developments and how they can and should be protected by the planning system. 
  • Technical constraints related to design.
  • Monitoring compliance of authorised and unauthorised developments and supporting the processing of planning appeals.
  • Decision making and political context in which planners work. Including the types and sizes of organisations working in planning, statutory authorities and other consultees, including the local community
  • Map preparation and analysis including taking measurements from maps. Methods and techniques for creating and explaining graphical representations including specialist graphic tools and mapping technologies as appropriate, and taking site photographs.
  • Safe working practises under health and safety legislation



  • knowledge of geography
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • maths skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently




  • Take care of their own health and safety
  • Reliability, integrity and respect for confidentiality on work-related and personal matters, including appropriate use of information systems. 
  • Follow their employers Code of Conduct.
  • Commitment to their own Continuing Professional Development
  • Work effectively both on their own and as part of a team
  • Demonstrate time management skills, prioritise workload, work under pressure and be able to meet critical deadlines



4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

The benefits of this level 4  Town Planning Assistant to employers include:

  • Trained qualified employees
  • Improve staff retention and loyalty
  • Guaranteed training from experts with years of industry experience
  • Occupationally competent apprentices

Once you have completed this Apprenticeship, you could progress on to the following:


You could progress to team leader or move up to technician level. With further study, you could become a fully qualified town planner.


You could also set up your own business and offer consultancy in areas like planning law and sustainable design.


Once you have completed this Apprenticeship, you could work as: 

Part of local authorities, small consultancies, large multidisciplinary consultancies, central government or other organisations undertaking planning work

Maximum funding: Competitive

Course Length: Up to 24 months including End Point Assessment

Learning method: Workplace (direct delivery)