Application process

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Eligibility requirements

The Return to Work – Planning programme is a unique opportunity for those with experience in Town Planning to receive free training and the chance to connect with councils.

To be eligible for our programme, you must have taken an extended career break of 12 months or more to care for someone. The programme will also consider applications from planning professionals who have caring responsibilities and have become unemployed due to COVID-19, or from those who have been in long-term unemployment with no caring commitments.

The GEO has set these eligibility requirements to help those who have taken career breaks to restart their careers at the right level for their skills and experience. With further challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, this programme will give ‘returners’ tailored support to re-enter the workplace.

In addition to the essential criteria outlined above, all candidates must have a minimum of two years’ experience working in a role related to Town Planning or in one of the following, related disciplines:

  • architecture
  • environmental management
  • engineering
  • construction
  • legal services
  • academia
  • geographical analytics/research
  • finance/compliance.

Application process

Stage 1: Application Form

The application form is split into two parts:

  • part one will ask you for basic information about yourself, to assess whether you meet the eligibility requirements of the programme.
  • part two will ask you for details on your skills and experience.

Please ensure that you complete both parts before the deadline. 

Applications will close at 12pm (midday) on 11 November 2020, though the LGA reserves the right to close applications before this date. Early applications are advised.

Stage 2: Video Assessment

In this stage you will be asked to complete an online video interview, where you will answer a series of pre-recorded questions. As our programme is delivered nationally you can complete this stage virtually and from the comfort of your own home.