Town planning assistant (level 4)
Work with, and provide technical and administrative support to chartered town planners.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Assistant Town Planner
- Enforcement Assistant
- Planning Assistant
- Planning Support Officer
- Planning Technician
- Technical Support Officer
- Town Planning Assistant
- Town Planning Technician
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Data analysis: Research, collate and compare data relating to development proposals, applications and other planning considerations
- Policy analysis: Apply legislation, local and national policy and regulations to projects and casework
- Site analysis: Take and edit site photographs correctly, and take site visit notes accurately
- Report writing: Write reports and summaries and prepare initial documentation for planning proposals and policy representations
- Communication: Communicate effectively with members of the public, clients and other stakeholders. Respond to queries in writing and verbally. Use community engagement techniques to encourage participation in the planning system.
- Casework: Process own casework of projects including checking planning documentation for completeness and taking action in response to missing documentation
- Data monitoring: Consult, create and where necessary maintain records on relevant planning registers
- Mapping: Create accurate drawings, maps and digital illustrations. Interpret drawings and maps, and use appropriate mapping tools
- Presentation – internal: Discuss and present planning information, documentation and findings to colleagues
- Presentation – external: Prepare and deliver presentations to external audiences e.g. members of the public or other community or professional stakeholders
- Administration: Provide administrative support to line managers and peers. Keep an accurate record of meetings. Use appropriate case management systems.