Resourcing in Planning

9th January 2018

As part of the project to address the shortage of planners, the East of England LGA supported the initial development of Public Practice.  The organisation was launched in October last year and we circulated details of how authorities could offer placements before Christmas; of the 30 placements offered, 5 were from authorities in the East of England.  The campaign to attract associates for the first cohort ran at the same time and attracted 212 applicants.   

The assessment centre for the top 40 candidates is running on 10th and 11th January and Public Practice will recommend matches of Associates to placements – the final agreement is up to the individual and the authority.  The programme will start on 2 April with associates starting in posts with authorities on 9 April.

All authorities who have offered placements will be able to join in with the research and development and the events programme. 

If you missed out in the first round then the latest you will have another opportunity to apply is next September but there may be earlier opportunities – we’ll keep you posted.

It is a special and desirable programme to have attracted so many applicants and we understand that getting down to a shortlist of 40 was hard.  We are talking to Public Practice about this success. It makes you think though, lots of qualified planners attracted to work in Local Government on a special development programme where they can work across boundaries and join up on research.  Perhaps it’s time to rethink the way work is organised?

For more information please contact lucy.ashwell@eelga.gov.uk

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