Return to Work - Planning - Flexible Working Available
The LGA has launched the Return to Work – Planning campaign, which will give people with the confidence to return to planning, with free training, support and coaching to return to work after a career break and join local government. Applications from planning professionals who have caring responsibilities and have become unemployed due to COVID-19 will also be considered.
Those returning to work after a break often struggle to restart their careers at the right level for their skills and experience. With funding provided by the Government Equalities Office (GEO), this programme will give ‘returners’ tailored support to re-enter the workplace.
Why work in local government?
Councils are full of people who have chosen to work in local government so they can help others and make a difference to the environment in which people live
Councils are also great employers. They offer their staff:
- flexible working
- fair pay, pensions and holiday allocation
- a supportive working environment
- project diversity
- career progression
- maternity, paternity and adoption leave
- the opportunity to feed in to the ambitions of the organisation
- job satisfaction.
Take the step to apply for the LGA’s programme today and join the other two million people who have chosen to work in local government.
What does the programme involve?
Return to Work – Planning is a free programme, which is divided into two core sections; virtual training and connecting with employers.
The online training for the Return to Work – Planning programme will be completed with the Planning Advisory Service (PAS). PAS will build upon their expert knowledge of planning and local planning authorities to provide you with both professional and personal support to return to work.
Their online training will cover a variety of areas, depending on your experience and background, including:
- a re-introduction to working in town planning, covering changes to policies and procedures and where appropriate, focused training on specific areas of planning
- an introduction to the future of planning and the Government’s proposed planning reforms
- practical competencies, such as the use of digital tools, communication skills and problem solving
- an introduction to working in local government
- support to build your confidence
- practical learning from industry experts about good practice.
While you are completing your online training, the LGA will invite you to an online platform where you can describe your skills and experience.
Prospective employers in local government will then be invited to review your credentials and get in touch with you to discuss future employment opportunities. We cannot guarantee employment, but we are pleased to offer you a way to connect with councils who are eager to work with returning planning professionals.
Applications will close at 12pm (midday) on 11th November 2020, though the LGA reserves the right to close applications before this date. Early applications are advised