Public Authorities across the country are demonstrating the ambition and vision to proactively plan for well-designed places that are spatially, socially and environmentally inclusive and sustainable. But one of the biggest barriers many Authorities face is recruiting, training and retaining staff with the right skills and expertise.


We offer placements to public organisations that share our ambitions and can demonstrate a commitment to the programme at a senior level.


We recruit and select talented, motivated and experienced built environment practitioners - Associates - who want to work for the public good. They bring diverse skills and backgrounds to fixed-term placements in progressive Authorities. Unlike agencies, we want to see our Associates stay on in their Authorities, we want to embed learning within organisations and champion public service as a career.


We place Associates in local or city authority, combined authorities, development corporations or publicly-led delivery vehicles, hospitals and other public bodies. Expressions of interest are welcomed from individual Authorities, from groups of more than one Authority and from individual Authorities who wish to apply for more than one role.


We offer a cost-effective route for Authorities to access high-quality built environment and additional expertise. As a not-for-profit our placements are an affordable alternative to recruiting through private agencies and our R&D programme helps prepare Associates for working within local government. In addition, if you choose to keep an Associate on beyond the end of their placement we do not charge a retention fee.


We run two placement programmes a year, starting in April and October. Applications are now open for Authorities to apply to host placements starting on 1 April 2020. The deadline to submit Expressions Of Interest is midday 25 November.


We ask that you book a call with us to discuss any roles before completing an Expression of Interest form. This is to help us understand the skills and expertise you need and the likely fit with candidates expertise and salary expectations.

Our Members

Ashford Borough Council

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Croydon

Dacorum Borough Council

London Borough of Enfield

Epping Forest District Council

Greater Cambridge Planning Service

Greater London Authority

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Newham

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

London Borough of Redbridge

Sevenoaks District Council

St Albans City & District Council

London Borough of Sutton

Transport for London

Thurrock Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Camden

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Merton

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Brighton & Hove District Council

London Boroughs of Richmond & Wandsworth

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Oxford City Council

London Borough of Lewisham

BeFirst (Barking & Dagenham)