Planning Apprentice (Chartered Town Planner Level 7 Apprenticeship)

Brighton & Hove City Council
Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ
£14,855.50 annually
17 Jun 2019
08 Jul 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Apprentices will gain knowledge in dealing with planning applications; investigating potential breaches of planning and assisting with the preparation of City Plan Part 2.

Purpose of Job

Contribute to providing a high quality customer-focused planning and development management service for the city and develop professional expertise to advise on local conservation, enforcement and planning issues in line with statutory frameworks and the council's environmental and sustainability objectives.

To undertake the Chartered Town Planning Level 7 Apprenticeship.

Principal Accountabilities
  • To learn and be responsible for planning related activities and enquiries, including the consideration and preparation of reports on planning applications and enforcement reports and the development and implementation of planning/conservation policies and plans
  • To learn to manage a caseload which may include complex applications, undertaken with support and guidance and within agreed timescales. This work will include consultations, site inspections, and making recommendations
  • Learn to provide advice to the public, external stakeholders and colleagues regarding planning issues
  • Liaise effectively with staff at all levels across the organisation and external stakeholders and develop professional relationships with internal and external customers and communicate effectively through written correspondence, telephone or in person..
  • Learn how to process and deal with a range of technical paperwork/plans
  • Learn how to and assist in the preparation of documents for internal and external meetings and, where appropriate to attend such meetings
  • Complete all paperwork and other associated administrative tasks to deadline and in accordance with any associated legislation
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues across the service to promote continuous service improvement and ensure that customers receive a consistently high quality of service that is reflected in customer feedback.
  • Learn to investigate, collect evidence and prepare reports for enforcement action and advise on complaints of information concerning possible unauthorised works which are subject to control under Planning and associated legislation across the city.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to present data/information across a range of IT packages and databases
  • Developed communication and interpersonal skills and able to communicate with a wide range of people at all levels
  • Demonstrate a flexible approach to duties and work on own initiative.
  • Good literacy skills with an ability to work accurately and pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn to write clear concise reports
  • Ability to keep information confidential and to work in a data sensitive environment, under the guidance of managers.
  • Good organisational and time management skills and to meet specific deadlines.
  • A proactive approach to problem solving
  • Able to work to tight deadlines and under pressure

Personal qualities

  • Ability for tact and diplomacy in dealing with customers
  • Work effectively within a team environment.

Desired qualifications

To hold the Level 3 Town and County Planning qualification or a Level 4 (or equivalent) or above qualification in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.

Future prospects

The council has a large planning department so permanent opportunities may arise throughout the apprenticeship that the apprentice could apply for.

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