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Trainee Planner

About You
Exciting opportunity for a newly qualified Town Planner!    
Do you want to gain experience of the planning process by working as a Statutory Consultee? 
Do you want to work with a small team of expert planners?
Do you want the opportunity to use your skills to make a real difference to people and the environment?
If so, read on......
You will be a qualified Town Planner with post graduate, or other, qualifications which give eligibility for membership of the RTPI.
You will have knowledge and understanding of the roles and needs of relevant stakeholders involved in the planning process.
You will have good presentation skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills and report writing skills and be computer literate. 
You will have the ability to work well as part of a team with a high workload and tight deadlines to meet requiring effective time management to prioritise workloads

About The Role
You will be part of a small team involved in providing substantive written responses to planning consultations received in our role as a statutory consultee.
You will gain valuable first hand experience of the role and remit of statutory consultees and how they interact with the planning process.  
You will be involved in developing external relationships with Local Authorities and other organisations to improve understanding of our remit and policies. 
You will have opportunities to be involved in providing planning advice and support to other team’s projects within organisation.  
For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.


Application closing date:20th August 2023 
Sifting date:21st August 2023 
Interviews: w/c28th August 2023 
(If you are unavailable on these interview dates, please make us aware and we will look at alternative dates)
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements.

About The Coal Authority
Our benefits:

  • A market leading pension scheme - our employer contribution rate is around 27%
  • A choice of working patterns; full-time, part-time, job-share!
  • Adoption or shared parental leave of 26 weeks full pay (subject to qualifying criteria)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Diversity Network Groups
  • Mental Health Allies
  • Civil Service Sports and Social club
  • Employee discounts
  • Annual medicals
  • £15 per month towards wellbeing
  • A values based recognition scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements to give employees freedom to vary their hours around personal preferences and commitments.
  • Generous holiday allowance – 27.5 days annual leave, plus the ability to flex an extra 6 days in addition to 8 public holidays
  • On-site free parking, tea, coffee and soft drinks in the Mansfield office
  • Sponsorship and professional qualifications support
  • Professional subscriptions paid
Working with us:
We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours.

Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.
With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important.
Who we are:
Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with.

We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.
We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping everyone and everything safe from mine water pollution.
We are excited about what our future holds.

Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK.

By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.
We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values.

We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
Here at TCA we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our colleagues, our customers and our communities.

We are proud to be an inclusive employer.

We are committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community.

We encourage applications from people from different backgrounds, identities, cultures and beliefs.

Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.
As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of our workforce, we provide a guaranteed interview to applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria who are disabled or from a minority ethnic community.
If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the team by email at or by phone on 01623 637000.