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

Place management apprenticeships – Employers’ Forum

 30th January 2018 – Sheffield City Council

The Institute of Place Management would like to invite you to a place management and development employers' forum, hosted by Sheffield City Council, on 30th January 2018, 2 to 5pm.  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 are 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.

If you are interested in attending this event, please sign up here by 23rd January 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: Sheffield City Council

 Date : 30th January 2018

 Time: 2-5pm

  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?
    1. Job roles and titles
    2. Duties, responsibilities
    3. Core competencies and skills
    4. Options
    5. Levels
    6. Qualifications
    7. End point assessment
    8. Demand
  6. Next steps