Pathways to Planning

Equipping graduates to become the next generation of local government planners.

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The built environment of homes, workplaces, parks, and roads which makes up our communities is constantly adapting and growing. Planners are responsible for managing this evolutionary process. They consider everything from big picture factors like climate change, to individual needs for affordable and accessible housing to determine what is built, how it is built and who it is built for. 

Our graduate scheme, Pathways to Planning, will equip talented individuals to fast track their career as a planner in local government. Graduates will work full-time in a local council planning team for a minimum of three years, learning on the job and studying part-time on a fully-funded postgraduate course. They will receive paid time off to study, varied work experience and mentoring to help boost their career. 


  • Graduates will work full time and receive a starting salary of £24,000 – £37,000, depending on location. 
  • The programme includes a fully-funded MA or MSc in Planning through a part-time master’s course or a Level 7 apprenticeship. 
  • All Pathways councils will offer a three-year work contract as a minimum. 

We are looking for individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds who want to become the planners of the future, representing and delivering change for their communities. You don't need to have a Planning degree or work experience, as our application process will measure your natural potential and uncover planners who are made for the job. 

Applications are now closed.

Funded by UK Government.