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PATH national,the planning inspectorate and the department for communities and local government (DCLG) have been working together to develop the T omorrow’s planner s initiative which aims to increase the representation of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds in the planning profession over the next ten years. The recognition of all cultures, their inclusion in the mainstream and positive management of diversity are key drive rs for the UK in the new century, to ensure that our society continues to evolve for the benefit of all.The built environment is a common resource and must satisfy the needs and aspirations of society through the planning process. T omorrow’s planners will improve multi-cultur al representation in planning through;

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There is a strong mix of black and ethnic minority communities in sandwell metropoli tan borough, but the ethnic make-up of the planning and tra nsportation department does not reflect this diversity. We have tried a number of ways to recruit planners from BME backgrounds over the years but had not managed to raise the BME proportion in the workforce to match the rising proportion in the population we serve. The ‘tomorrow’ s planners’ programme coupled with funding available through the planning delivery grant gave us the positive action opportunity we had been seeking. We now hav e five trainees in the department; one in planning pol icy and two each in development control and plann ing development .Telephone number for housing benefit tw o are now in their second year and are exp ected to co mplete their pos t graduate co urse at UCE t his summe r. The other three have been with us since september 2005. We treat the trainees in exactly the same way as we treat the graduate s we have recruited recen tly, who are on the same post graduate courses at UCE. Because individ uals have different aspir ations and competenc es, we have ad opted a flexi ble approac h to the training pr ogramm e, allowi ng trainees to either stay in one team or mo ve after one year to another team. We are encouraging the trainees to take on as much responsibility as they can cope with in their teams so that they are in the best possible position to apply for any vacancies that may arise in the department . The trainees hav e every opportunity to develop a strong CV as a springboard for a career in planning.Telephone number for housing benefit john harden planning development manager sandwell metropolitan borough council pratima started her traineeship with the london borough of redbridge in september 2004. She has since gone on to secure full time emplo yment as a policy planner with another local authority. The opportunity to become a trainee planner enabled me to develop a number of professio nal skills, and consequently sec ure employment. My confidence has grow n over the past year, as I have developed through my traineeship . Workin g and stud ying simultaneous ly has been excellent, as I have been able to put into practice the le gislation, principles and practices of tow n planning that I have been taug ht. The skills learnt within the workplac e and university will be invaluable to me in my planning career. My main duties included T elecommunicatio ns plans, planning P olicy statements, planning P olicy responses to formal and inform al applicatio ns, public consultation, assisting with loca l development framewor k, property searches and joint W aste development documents.Telephone number for housing benefit I received unfaltering support from P ATH; I was able to contact my P ersonal advisor at any time to discuss any problems I encountered.

Luton has a multi-cultural population and the BME groups are under-represented in the planning service. In 2004, we recruited a PA TH trainee in planning administration and quickly realised her potential as a planning officer – she is now fully qualified. The tom orrow’s planners initiative coincided with receipt of the planning delivery grant and a period of high vacancy levels; we decided to bu ild on the earlier success by increasing the number of trainees in the planning service. Apart from having T rainee planning officers from the BME backgrounds, the fact that we had two additional planning officers was also a benefit. Both have pr oven to be v aluable assets to the team; one has now obtained their planning qualification and has successfully applied for a permanent planning officer post with us and the other has submitted their dissertation and is awaiting the results.Telephone number for housing benefit this reflects how well the tomorr ow’s planners initiative works, and when resources allo w we will be happy to recruit further trainees.