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Transport Planning Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3


Transport planning technicians provide technical support to professional transport planners in the preparation, assessment and implementation of policies, plans and projects to manage and improve local, regional, national and international transport systems. They manage the services and their connections with land use planning to support economic growth, protect the environment and support social cohesion.

All Transport Planning Technicians will have a broad skills base, however, it is likely that some technicians may specialise in a particular element. This breadth of skills reflects that of professional transport planners, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds including mathematics, engineering and the social sciences. Transport planning technicians work both for public sector authorities and private sector companies.

A transport planning technician's work could involve contributing to:

  • The planning and design of transport and traffic policies, plans, schemes and systems
  • Collecting, preparing and presenting data, written information and analyses to inform the development of policies, plans and projects
  • Modelling transport and traffic systems
  • Assessing the impacts of possible transport measures
  • The development and implementation of travel planning (Smart Travel) schemes
  • The successful delivery of projects working as a member of a team

Transport planners come from a wide variety of backgrounds including mathematics, engineering and social sciences and work both for public sector authorities and private sector companies.

The modules covered are:

  • Transport Policy
  • Transport and Traffic models
  • Transport Economics and Appraisals
  • Transport Demand Management
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Tasks and Personal Development in Transport Planning
  • Understanding Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement in Transport Planning
  • Communication Techniques for Transport Planning
  • Understanding Transport System and Scheme Design/Public Transport

Entry requirements

Each apprenticeship programme will have its own set of entry requirements. You should understand these before making an application. Individual prior attainment will always be carefully considered when planning an apprenticeship programme.

You will need to be aged 16 years and over to be eligible for an apprenticeship programme. As this is a work-based qualification you must be employed in a relevent role and have a contract of employment to cover the duration of the apprenticeship programme. Here at West Nottinghamshire College we have a recruitment team that can help you to find the right opportunity. Call the main college number and ask for the apprenticeship team to find out how we could help you.

As an applicant, you will undertake assessment in both maths and English prior to enrolment to ascertain current working levels which will aid the creation of an individual learning plan towards achieving maths and English at level 2 if not already achieved.

If you have passed maths and English GCSE or equivalent you will be required to evidence this with certificates which may result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification within the apprenticeship framework. Please note that as an apprentice you are required to demonstrate ongoing improvement in both maths and English even if you are exempt from the tested element.

Start dates and fees

This apprenticeship programme can begin at any time of the year. This might be in line with your start date of employment or perhaps a review with your employer where your development is discussed.

During your apprenticeship your employer is obliged to pay you a wage. The minimum rate for an apprentice in the year 2021 is £4.30 an hour for the first year of learning. It is worth noting that many employers pay above this rate.

For employers:

If you are an apprenticeship levy-payer you could fund this course through your digital levy account. For non-levy payers you may be required to contribute a 5% employer contribution of the course cost whilst the government will contribute between 95% and 100% of the programme cost (dependent on the size of your company and/or the age of your apprentice).

The course cost is £12,000 which means for employers not paying the apprenticeship levy, the employer contribution if required would be £600.

If you are a non-levy payer and have 49 or less employees and take on an apprentice aged 16-18, the course will be fully funded by the government.

For all employers who take on a 16-18 apprentice you could receive a £1,000 incentive (subject to qualifying criteria being met).

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

30 months

How will I be assessed?

  • Internal exams
  • Written assignments
  • Assessor observation
  • Practical work experience
  • End point assessment at the final stage of the apprenticeship

What does the course lead to?

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an engineering technician by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. The apprenticeship is also mapped to the Transport Planning Society’s professional development requirements offering young people the opportunity to access a work-based route to a career as a professional transport planner.

Organisations/companies should note that apprenticeships are not just for new staff they can be an excellent means for enhancing the skills of the existing team.

What will I study?

  • The policy, legal and regulatory context within which transport planners work
  • The collection and analysis of data, including new data obtained through transport and traffic fieldwork
  • Transport and traffic models, forecasting and the principal analytical methods and software packages in general use
  • The assessment of transport and traffic policies, plans and projects
  • Techniques for, and interpretation of, stakeholder and public engagement
  • How to work effectively and contribute to transport planning by the correct use of resources and time
  • How to communicate effectively, in a range of contexts including presentation of data, written reports and oral communication
  • Sources of and approaches to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Their own contribution to sustainable development

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Following the successful completion of the intermediate apprenticeship there is the opportunity for further development using other apprenticeship standards, depending on how your role has evolved and the potential to work towards career progression opportunities.

How do I apply?

For more information contact or telephone 0808 100 3626


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