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Want to join an award winning Planning Consultancy that nurtures and supports our staff as well as providing outstanding results for our clients?

 

Our graduate programme provides you with the training, experience and support you need to build a fulfilling career in planning and development, whether in our Planning, Transport, Environment or Land teams.

 

Having won the RTPI South East Planning Team of the Year 2021 for our staff retention, progression and in-house training we are confident we can support you on your journey to become a qualified Planner within a matter or years. 

 

Don't take our word for it, read what our graduates have to say 

"On a daily basis I am surrounded by a number of experienced professionals who excel in their planning role, which motivates me to build my own knowledge and to progress my career." Rebecca Tilley

 

Our approach is to allow graduates to gain experience across various facets of planning and development, it's not uncommon for individuals entering the field to discover new passions or areas of interest once they gain hands-on experience. Our commitment to molding roles around the strengths of our team members shows our dedication to employee growth and satisfaction. This has led us to be able to retain the highest calibre professionals which is why over 50% of our senior work force joined DHA as a graduate and have been promoted to Associate, Associate Director or Director positions.

 

The opportunity for rotations within the company is invaluable. It not only allows graduates to explore different areas but also helps in finding the best fit. This approach is a great way to ensure that individuals find their niche within the organization, leading to greater job satisfaction and potentially long-term commitment.

 

Moreover, the breadth of projects across different industries—housebuilders, utilities, private landowners, schools, and local councils—offers a diverse and enriching experience. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects and stakeholders involved in planning and development.

 

"One of the best things of working at DHA is the number of younger people in the office, with a highly sociable atmosphere. In particular, there is a strong bond and sense of cohesion amongst the grads." Oliver Ricketts

What to expect

  • Assist with the preparation and progression of reports to supporting major planning applications and appeals
  • Conduct site visits and assessments
  • Liaise with external consultants and clients including Architects, Archaeologists, Air, Landscape, Noise and Sustainability consultants.
  • Analyse statistical data to form evidence for the development
  • Conduct research into similar developments
  • Develop your technical knowledge and understanding
  • Support and assist senior members of the team
  • Develop your knowledge of industry standard software packages including GIS
  • As part of your first 18 months with DHA you will be enrolled in our professional competency training programme and be assigned a mentor who will direct and support your learning
  • Have the opportunity of DHA sponsoring you through a part time Masters at a Kent or London based university to gain RTPI, RICS, CIHT or CILT chartered status.

 

Applications for our 2024 Graduate Programme are now open. Please state clearly in your application which of the three offices you are applying to. Due to the volumne of applications we may not be able to respond to all enquiries but we anticipate interviews and assessment centres will take part in Easter 2024 with the positions starting in the summer.

Please email careers@dhaplanning.co.uk if you'd like further information.

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