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Here are some of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board (with closing dates in January):
Advertising on our Jobs Board is entirely free to local authorities handling their own recruitment (unfortunately we can't offer it to recruitment agencies). We are keen to include planning roles of all types including those in planning support and planning enforcement.
If you would like to advertise a vacancy you can download our 1-page pdf which provides more information. Alternatively, you can simply send your text and the authority's logo to email@example.com. The Jobs Board is fully managed by TRA's staff in Bolton to ensure that the whole process of advertising is as quick and hassle-free as possible.
It is also free to search for those looking for a new opportunity. So if you are in the market for a new challenge in 2016, visit TRA's Planning Jobs Board regularly.
And please - if you do apply for one of these vacancies we'd be really grateful if you could mention that you saw it on the TRA Planning Jobs Board (most application forms ask this question).Back to top
Since August, a further six students have been awarded their certificate after successfully completing TRA's Certificated Course in Planning Enforcement. They are:
This takes the number graduating during 2015 to 14 and the grand total for the programme since its start to 166 graduates.
Undertaking the certificated course is a significant commitment but the benefits, for both the individual and their organisation, can be considerable. We would like to offer all these students (now graduates!) our congratulations on their hard work and achievements.
A couple of our new graduates have kindly put together their thoughts on the programme for the benefit of those who may be interested in enrolling:
The rest of their comments and those of other 2015 graduates can be viewed here.
Full details of the certificated course can be found on our website. For any questions regarding the programme please contact Shelagh Pooley by email or phone on 01204 385678.Back to top
The TRA office will close on Wednesday 23 December and re-open on Monday 4 January.Back to top
The TRA 2016 Training Programmes are currently being finalised with the one for Scotland now almost complete. Once ready it will be posted on our website and circulated to the usual postal and email contacts on our mailing list.
If you would like to sign up to the mailing list you can do so via our website here.
The workshops which will feature in the 2016 Scotland programme (including 2 brand new ones) are:
Our popular Block Booking system will remain in place for 2016 offering discounts of between 10 and 15% for bookings of 2 or more places made at the same time over any number of events in the programme. The scheme offers an ideal opportunity to sort out all your training needs for 2016 in one go as well as making training budgets stretch that little bit further!Back to top
TRA recently completed its second in-house Councillor training session in a series of four at Mendip District Council. The first was a one-day 'Briefing on Planning' back in October, with two more short sessions still to run in January (The Role of Councillors in Planning) and March (Planning Obligations and Conditions).
The recent half-day workshop provided an overview of the significance of Appeals in the planning system. It looked at the way appeals are decided; and in particular considered the changes since the arrival of the National Planning Policy Framework. It also highlighted the principles behind the costs regime. The workshop provided an opportunity for debate on the above, and generally threw some light on a number of current "grey areas".
The session was put together and delivered by TRA Senior Associate, David Kaiserman and participant feedback was very complimentary:
TRA is very experienced in training Councillors in planning. It has been specialising in this for over 20 years, and has conducted in-house assignments involving many thousands of Councillors in almost 240 authorities throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
Please refer to the Councillors Training section of our website to see what we can offer in terms of in-house training for your Members. If you have any specific requirements please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes who will be happy to discuss your needs in more detail and provide you with a no obligation quotation if required.
Please note that the prices we quote are 'all-inclusive' so include all of our fees, presenter's expenses and pre-course/course material; meaning there are no hidden charges and our clients are aware of what they can expect to pay at invoicing stage from the outset.Back to top
TRA was recently commissioned to deliver one of our NEW workshops - Use of Conditions: necessary, precise and enforceable? - on an in-house basis at both Charnwood BC and Horsham DC.
The workshop is suitable for anyone involved in drafting conditions or in monitoring and enforcing them. Topics include:
It also looks at the problems involved in monitoring and securing compliance with conditions, including:
The workshop concludes by looking at ways of working together to improve effectiveness including, pre-viewing conditions, the ordering of conditions on decision notices, reviewing/drafting "model" conditions and how to find out about commencement.
The session was developed and delivered by Senior TRA Presenter, Vivien Green, and feedback from both days was excellent:
If you think your authority would benefit from an in-house training session on the Use of Conditions then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes who will be pleased to provide you with a no obligation quotation.Back to top
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