The Landscape Institute is among 23 organisations launching an action plan to overhaul placemaking skills and improve the delivery of homes and communities.
Delivering Better Skills for Better Places has been established to ensure that there are enough people with the technical, specialist and transferable skills to deliver sustainable communities.
Key goals of the action plan include:
Attracting new entrants and retaining existing people in the core profession
Developing generic skills in areas such as low carbon, climate change, empowerment, community cohesion, risk sharing, negotiation, process re-modelling, place leadership and partnership working
Ensuring technical and specialist skills such as planning, urban design and skills for changing economic markets are updated in line with new processes, standards, legislation and economic conditions.
As well as the LI, the partner organisations include the HCA Academy, CABE, RIBA, Royal Town Planning Institute, Chartered Institute of Housing and the Town and Country Planning Association.
Collectively, the partners will develop a framework to promote joint learning, encourage greater partnership working, share knowledge and expertise, support CPD, attract more people to take up a career in the sector and create flexible career progression paths.
Specific measures are already being proposed to:
Extend the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment to include housing, planning, surveying and valuation skills
Provide a central courses directory and promote ‘gold standard’ training and resources
Create an online competencies framework to identify training needs for all practitioners
Embed generic skills in new learning programmes – apprenticeships, foundation degrees, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and continuing professional development
Develop mentoring programmes for leaders
Explore the potential for an apprenticeship in planning
Develop and promote an online distance learning package for urban design.
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