Panel discussion of BIDs at IPM Conference 2017. Ian Sotherin.

Place management apprenticeships – Employers’ Forum

27th  March 2018 – Manchester Metropolitan University

The Institute of Place Management would like to invite you to a place management and development Employers' Forum, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University, 27th March, 1 to 4pm.  The forum will explore the potential for apprenticeships to provide skilled personnel for Local Authorities, Business Improvement Districts, regeneration/development companies and other place partnerships. 

During the meeting we will assess whether apprenticeship standards can support a range of place management and development organisations deliver transformative place change. The idea is to create professionals that can work across traditional silos and functions.

The Institute of Place Management, in consultation with employers including Sheffield City Council and both Brixton and Norwich Business Improvement Districts, believe new apprenticeship standards may be needed because there is currently nothing that supports the type of place-focused and cross-sector work that organisations that are responsible for delivering sustainable, successful and better places need. 

Fairer economic development, vibrant culture, place identity and distinctiveness, resilience, sustainability, liveability, smart efficiencies, engaged stakeholders and a participatory society are just some of the place outcomes that are being aspired to, but these require cultural change and new forms of knowledge, skills and behaviours in employees if they are to be achieved.

We have already held one Employers' Forum to discuss apprenticeships - and you can read more about that here.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Tom Hindmarch by 20th March 2018.

If you would like to discuss apprenticeships beforehand then please contact Professor Cathy Parker ( ). A draft agenda for the event is below.

 Agenda : Developing Place Management Apprenticeships

 Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University Room 4.44

 Date : 27th March 2018

 Time: 1-4pm

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Introduction to apprenticeships and the place management context
  3. Apprenticeship Trailblazers – a general introduction
  4. Update from the Landscape Profession Trailblazer
  5. What might place management and development apprenticeships look like?
  6. Next steps