On a transport planner apprenticeship you’ll help design and develop transport and travel systems.
A transportation planner plans and builds transportation and travel systems that are safe to use, ecologically sustainable, and meet the requirements of everyone.
You will apply advanced theoretical knowledge and transportation planning methods in this role, analyse and interpret complex interconnected data, use transportation modelling and appraisal techniques, determine the critical outputs from proposed plans and how they meet customer specifications as well as local and national policies, and evaluate the impact of potential transportation solutions.
Transport planners are rapidly embracing new technologies that enhance transportation system management, allowing them to produce more accurate predictions, enabling intelligent mobility, and modifying people’s attitudes about travel.
You will connect transportation on a local and global scale, impacting the future of towns and cities, supporting economic development, conserving the environment, and strengthening social cohesion. A bachelor’s degree in transportation planning will be awarded to you.
What you’ll learn
On a transport planner apprenticeship, you’ll learn to:
- Apply and adhere to transportation policy and planning practises for various modes of transportation within appropriate national, strategic, and local policy frameworks, as well as analysing and evaluating the major repercussions of such policies on individual projects.
- Determine and apply suitable transportation scheme design methodologies that allow for the integration of diverse modes and systems in order to deliver efficient and secure transportation services.
- Apply and obey laws and regulations controlling transportation, health and safety, the environment, the law, planning, equality and diversity, and the official procedures and practises of their company.
- Manage activities and projects efficiently within agreed-upon time and resource budgets by using appropriate project management tools and procedures.
- Educate and support decision makers in the development of transportation solutions, use suitable software and digital technologies to apply, analyse, and evaluate a broad range of acceptable transportation statistics and data. Coordination with relevant organisations such as the police, highway authorities, and transportation operators is required in order to gain access to a variety of data sources and surveys for various modes or travel contexts, as well as assessing data suitability, validity, quality, and accuracy in relation to its intended application.
- Determine the method for gathering, analysing, evaluating, and monitoring data for use in the development or delivery of transportation solutions. This entails verifying the data’s applicability, validity, quality, and accuracy in connection to its intended purpose.
- Utilise current approaches for traffic and trip generation, as well as demand research, to enable for the evaluation and monitoring of transportation solutions while accounting for economic (cost-benefit) analyses.
- Select, define, and use a number of transportation models and forecasting techniques to help in the comprehension of proposed transportation solutions. Using appropriate software tools, this will comprise analysing models for local and strategic transportation, as well as different modes of transportation.
- Plan the many stages of a commercial or operational transportation management scheme, such as early project conception, feasibility research, detailed design, procurement, funding, implementation, and effectiveness measurement.
- Identify and recommend appropriate sources of finance or funding for a transportation system, as well as engage in the bidding or procurement of transportation planning contracts or projects. This includes establishing and agreeing on specifications, budgets, and deadlines, identifying and analysing possible dangers, and preparing or evaluating technical briefings.
- Create, promote, manage, and analyse travel planning programmes in order to increase travel awareness and impact travel behaviour. This entails developing, monitoring, and assessing goals, identifying and analysing possible benefits, and communicating and interacting with stakeholders in a knowledgeable and effective way.
- Identify transportation needs and suggest transportation solutions, plan, assess, and analyse community involvement, stakeholder engagement, or public consultation programmes.
- Effectively communicate both vocally and in writing in formal and informal contexts. Prepare written reports and give presentations, participate in and manage meetings, contribute to dialogues, and actively listen to ensure that other people’s viewpoints are taken into account. Seek feedback on your own performance in order to uncover areas for improvement.
- Use appropriate transportation, environmental impact, and development planning laws, regulations, and procedures to acquire official approval for transportation solutions, taking into account the evaluation of public testing and best practise.
- Manage the delivery of high-quality, accurate, well-structured, and organizationally compatible documents and ideas for the work for which they are responsible, at a level appropriate for the intended audience. This includes written reports, oral presentations, designs, models, calculations, reports and drawings, survey designs, and computations.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks on a transport planner apprenticeship could be to:
- Forecast the impact of future initiatives such as shopping complexes.
- Consider traffic-management methods such as tolls or parking restrictions.
- Investigate accident “hotspots” to improve road safety.
- Write reports for funding bids and planning agencies.
- Act as an expert witness in public hearings.
- Highlight the benefits of utilising public transit, cycling, and walking to get about.
You’ll usually need:
- Three A-levels, equivalent relevant level 3 qualifications, or successful completion of level 3 transport planning technician apprenticeship. Numeracy skills and a willingness to improve numerical and mathematical capability.
The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods:
- Work-based Project (WP) followed by a Report and a Presentation with questions and answers.
- Professional Discussion underpinned by Portfolio.
You could work in an office or visit sites.
Career path and progression
There are opportunities in the public and private sectors, ranging from local and central government to transportation companies and small and large consultancies.
As a senior transportation planner or traffic engineer, you may be in charge of projects or teams. You might also pursue a career in urban planning, policy development, or environmental consultancy.
Obtaining the Transport Planning Professional certification or chartered status with a competent professional organisation will help you further your career.
Duration: 60 months
Relevant school subjects: Maths and ICT
Entry requirements: Three A-levels, equivalent relevant level 3 qualifications, or successful completion of level 3 transport planning technician apprenticeship. Numeracy skills and a willingness to improve numerical and mathematical capability
Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree
Potential salary upon completion: £27,000 per annum
More information about the Level 6 Transport Planner Apprenticeship standard can be found here.
Apprenticeship End Point Assessment
For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.