2017-18 Programme to close with two workshops in London

The 2017-18 Training Workshop Programme will come to an end with two workshops taking place at The Wesley in London on 1 March 2018. Both workshops are well-established mainstays in our training portfolio and have been very well attended in the past. However they will be rested from the 2018-19 programme currently being developed, to make way for new workshops, so don't miss out on this chance to attend:

Supporting the Processing of Planning Applications: from receipt to appeals
Experienced support staff are key people within any planning department and this workshop aims to develop their knowledge and understanding of the detailed requirements involved in processing planning applications and appeals. This will also enable them to make a valuable input into re-engineering or streamlining these processes. The interactive methods of the workshop afford a valuable opportunity to compare work practices and procedures in other authorities and deal with practical issues and concerns. The workshop will also consider any proposed changes or consultations that are current at the time.

Negotiation Skills: the key to achieving planning goals and objectives
Almost every day, planning, enforcement and other ‘environmental’ staff within local planning authorities engage in some form of negotiation. Often these negotiations, whether they are with developers, agents, the public or even their colleagues, are carried out without any clear understanding of the principles and techniques involved. Yet having an awareness of both principles and techniques, coupled with experience, can make a formidable difference to an officer’s effectiveness.  This workshop focuses on persuasion and influencing skills; when to negotiate and when not to; approaches to negotiation; “tricks” and techniques; and the power and personality dimensions. The workshop combines theories with working references from the experience of participants.

Further details can be found on the TRA website via the above links where you can also see feedback from previous participants for each workshop. Bookings can be made via the online booking system - you can make either a firm booking, or book provisionally to hold places for a limited time.

As always, discounts of up to 15% are available via our Discounted Block Booking Scheme, for bookings of 2 or more places made at the same time over any number of events in the programme. More details of the scheme and other workshops still to take place in the 2017-18 programme are available on the website.