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. Watch the video below to see a case study of our impact in Greater Cambridge.


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 into progressive public sector organisations. An Authority submits an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a placement they want Public Practice to recruit for and it's taken from there.


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.


There are a number of ways that Public Sector bodies can fund a Public Practice Associate which could include reallocating existing revenue budget. For example, it could be possible to use budgeted funds from a vacant post to create a new position. However, placements can also be funded from outside established core revenue budgets, this could be in the form of increased income, grant funding or from insourcing services previously contracted externally. Finally, Public Practice partner with organisations that offer to fully or partially match placement funding to help make an Associate even more affordable. We are currently working with the GLA to provide fully-funded Infrastructure Coordination roles and match funded Green New Deal, Digital Access for All, High Streets for All and Helping Londoners into Good Work-related roles.

To find out more about the match or full funding options, public sector bodies need to book a call initially and submit an EOI ticking the necessary box. We also maintain an ongoing funding tracker that lists other possible sources of placement funding that local authorities are eligible to apply for. You can view this resource here.


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.

Types of Roles

Public Practice offers placements that help build the public sector’s capacity for proactive planning – in its broadest sense.


The range of roles covers the full spectrum of built environment expertise, from design to development and delivery. Every placement is different – but what they have in common is that they create additionality for the Authority, make a positive impact on society, and fit with our mission as a social enterprise. Our Associates bring a diverse range of skills, experience and backgrounds from across the built environment industry and beyond. We break this down into 12 discipline types, although in practice Associates may bridge a number of categories, or not fit squarely into anyone:


We are now accepting Expressions of Interest to host placements starting in April 2022. Download the prospectus and FAQs below to find out more, or book a call with us.

To find out more, download the Authority Prospectus and FAQs below. When you are ready to submit, download the Expression of Interest form.

Our Members

Bedford Borough Council


Better Placed

Brighton & Hove City Council

Dartford Council

East Hertfordshire District Council

Epping Forest District Council

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Greater Cambridge Planning Service

Greater London Authority

Local London

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Harrow

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Hillingdon

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Lewisham

London Borough of Merton

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Redbridge

London Boroughs of Richmond & Wandsworth

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Legacy Development Corporation

Oxford City Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Royal Borough of Kingston

Somerset West and Taunton Council

South London Partnership

St Albans City & District Council

Thurrock Council

Transport for London

Uttlesford District Council

Watford Borough Council

Westminster City Council