Associates walk together during their induction to the Associate Programme

What is the Associate Programme?

Our Associate Programme is a leading job placement scheme that recruits mid-career and senior-level built environment professionals into placemaking6 roles in the public sector.

We run a 12-month job placement programme for built environment practitioners looking for a career change (Associates), and place them in jobs in public sector organisations (Authorities) looking to diversify their placemaking skills and expertise.

Associates benefit from a supportive network and training, and Authorities benefit form our unique sector understanding and reach to match them with candidates specific to their needs.

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Interested in applying?

Our application window is now closed and will re-open in Autumn 2024. If you're not sure if the Associate Programme is right for you, you can take our Quiz to find out if you're eligible. We'll then notify you when the programme re-opens for applications later this year.

The Associate Programme is designed for placemaking professionals looking to transition into the public sector and use their skills for the public good.

In a world facing climate change, economic instability, and social injustice, the need for people to use their skills towards shaping better places is stronger than ever. Our Associate Programme supports professionals seeking to transition into the public sector to work in place-based roles in progressive Authorities. It also presents a challenge. Change has to happen from within the system, but working within the system can be tough; whether coming up against financial constraints, changing politics or technical barriers. It needs people who know when to follow the rules and when they need to be redesigned.

  • Employment

    Secure a public sector job

    Receive a minimum 12-month employment contract of between £30-55k, with a forward-thinking Authority

  • Cohort

    Join a community

    Transition into a public sector career alongside like-minded professionals, all passionate about making better places

  • Support

    Receive training

    Gain valuable training on the essentials of working in local government through our Associates L&D Course.

Associate Testimonials

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    Joining the Associate Programme was the best professional decision I've made...Over the last year, I've learned so much more than I would have learned in the private sector

    Andrej Mecava, Spring 2022 Associate
  • Testimonial

    Had I applied for a public sector role as an individual rather than through Public Practice, I would have had serious imposter syndrome

    Lauren Shevills, Spring 2022 Associate
  • Testimonial

    Being part of Public Practice has not only put my skills to better use, it has made me feel like a better citizen

    Tilly Ford, Spring 2020 Associate
  • Testimonial

    I have learnt much from my team, and as I learn, I can see.... there's so much opportunity to influence how those places work and function

    Jack Richards, Autumn 2022 Associate
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    Partnerships Manager

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    Jess Littlewood

    Programmes Manager

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