Town Planning AssistantJob Description:
Town planning assistants process applications, give advice about regulations and carry out design work and office administration.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day tasks you could:
- prepare reports for internal and external publications
- record minutes at meetings
- build and manage technical libraries, filing systems and databases
- draw up plans using computer aided design software
- carry out data surveys, like traffic impact assessments
- supply information and data to planners for applications
- record the progress and outcomes of planning applications
- organise public meetings
- answer enquiries about application procedure
- knowledge of geography
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- maths skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do a degree before applying for a job as an assistant.
- planning, environment and development
- city and regional planning
- urban planning and property development
You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed for the job, which may help when applying for a trainee position. In the UK, for example, relevant courses include:
- Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
- Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians
- Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
You can get into this job through a town planning assistant higher apprenticeship.
This typically takes 24 months to complete as a mix of learning in the workplace and off-the-job study.
You’ll usually need to have studied subjects like geography, graphic design, business studies, English, environmental studies or economics to apply directly for jobs. Some employers may ask for a degree.
You may have an advantage if you have experience in:
- customer service
- computer-aided design (CAD)
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 38-40 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings attending events or appointments.
You could work in an office.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could progress to team leader or move up to technician level. With further study, you could become a fully qualified town planner.
You could also set up your own business and offer consultancy in areas like planning law and sustainable design.