Birmingham City Council’s Graduate Hub gives graduates who have completed a built environment degree a wide range of experience in planning, regeneration and housing development work to help them work towards becoming chartered professionals.
As part of the scheme they will work on key projects across several areas within the department, including planning management, development planning and the council’s building programme under the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.
Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, said: “This is yet another example of the city council working creatively to address the needs of Birmingham’s ambitious growth agenda; we are at the forefront of delivering significant local developments and major national programmes which make a real difference to people’s lives.
“The Graduate Hub is making sure the right skills are in place and will offer graduates a fantastic learning experience on the largest local government graduate programme for planning professionals, helping make Birmingham a great place for people to live, work, study and play.”
Trudi Elliot, chief executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said: “I was very pleased to meet the current cohort of Birmingham’s graduates recently and to hear their enthusiasm and interest in planning as a career. They are starting on the road to success and becoming Chartered Town Planners.
“I commend Birmingham for continuing the Graduate Hub scheme in 2016 and supporting day-release study on RTPI-accredited Masters. It is an excellent example of good practice and partnership working on recruitment across the sectors, which many local authorities could explore.”
Waheed Nazir, Director of Planning and Regeneration and recently appointed as interim Strategic Director for Economy, commented: “I am pleased to see the current cohort of graduates contributing productively to the extensive work being carried out by the planning and regeneration team. They are already undertaking major development project work and balancing complex planning caseloads, whilst learning about the wider planning and regeneration agenda in Birmingham. This will equip them to become well-rounded planning professionals with the necessary skills to make a significant contribution in the future.”
Applications are welcomed from any graduates with a built environment degree. Go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/jobs and search for Planning and Development Officer to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 4 March.
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