Pathways to Planning

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

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Behind every community lies built and natural environments which shape the way we live our lives. Planning is the art of making places, considering how these places work and the impact they have on our environment. It is about providing homes, not housing. People need places to live but also to work, learn, care and enjoy. This is the role of a planner.

Our new graduate scheme, Pathways to Planning, will equip talented individuals to fast track their career as a planner in local government. Graduates will be placed in a local council planning team where they will work full time for a minimum of three years, learning on the job and studying part-time on an RTPI accredited Master’s 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 £26,000, plus London weighting (if relevant).
  • The programme includes a fully-funded MA or MSc in Planning with paid time off work to study.
  • All Pathways councils will offer a three-year work contract as a minimum.

We are looking for individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to form our pilot cohort of 30 graduates who want to become the planners of the future, representing and delivering change for their communities. You don't need to have a relevant degree or work experience, as our application process will measure your natural potential and uncover planners who are made for the job.

Let us be the first step in your career as a planner. Apply today.


Funded by UK Government.