Aston to launch Degree Apprenticeship for Transport Planners

The UK’s first degree apprenticeship for Transport Planners has been approved and is to be taught at Aston University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from September 2019.

Employers in England are now able to recruit candidates to start the programme this autumn, through which apprentices will develop the right knowledge, skills and behaviours to become professional members of the Transport Planning community with apprentices earning a salary from an employer.

Dr Lucy Rackliff, Senior Lecturer in Transport and Logistics, Aston University said:

“Transport challenges are not going away; with work on HS2 underway, environmental impacts of transport, and the complex mobility needs of an ageing population to be addressed, skilled professionals will be more in demand than ever.

“Aston has a long history of excellence in undergraduate transport education. We are hugely excited to continue this tradition by being the first institution to offer a Degree Apprenticeship in Transport Planning.”

The new apprenticeship received approval this week from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Chief Executive, Sir Gerry Berragan said:

“Modern apprenticeships open up a range of highly-skilled jobs to a more diverse range of candidates, giving apprentices the opportunity to earn while they learn.

“I am delighted that our transport planning sector will benefit from this high-quality apprenticeship while another route into an exciting career is available to our learners.

“Designed by employers, the Level 6 Transport Planner degree apprenticeship opens up a new route into the profession that combines academic education with practical experience.”

The apprenticeship is also an ideal route for those on the three-year level-three transport planning technician apprenticeship after they have successfully completed their end point assessment with the CIHT.

The time needed to complete the apprenticeship can vary, but it is typically completed within four to five years. Levy-paying employers in England can use the levy to fund the apprenticeship, up the maximum funding rate of £23,000.

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