11/01/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/01/2018 03:56
The firm conducted extensive research into the broad skills involved in planning today and devised training sessions to reflect these findings. As a result, the planning graduate scheme now involves interaction with local authorities and external clients, allowing trainees to gain key insights into the profession as well as providing invaluable networking opportunities. As a result of the changes, Savills programme currently has a 100% APC pass rate.
The judges also commended the scheme for its diversity, noting that 50% of Savills panning graduates are female and 12% from non-white backgrounds.
Andrew Close, head of careers, education and professional development at RTPI, comments: 'We are delighted to present Savills with the RTPI Learning Partner Award. The firm's excellent graduate programme provides robust training tailored to the planning industry, networking opportunities and support for graduates. The consultancy set out to attract graduates from a range of backgrounds, including non-planners, and in this way are broadening the skillset of the profession. Consequently, Savills is ensuring that there is a pipeline of talented planners who will meet the complex challenges of tomorrow.'
Gavin Hall, director and graduate pathway leader for Planning at Savills, adds: 'Savills and the planning division are delighted to have won this award. Being recognised by the RTPI as an exemplar for Learning Partners is a superb accolade. Our aim is that anyone with a potential to have a career in planning should be able to access the industry and ultimately our graduate programme to attain their APC. For this reason we have diversified our talent pool and enhanced our training offer to those who may not have thought of Savills as an accessible option.'