Public Practice is a not-for-profit social enterprise that places outstanding built environment experts within forward-thinking public authorities. Our mission is to improve the quality and equality of everyday places by building the public sector’s capacity for proactive planning.
HOW WE WORK
Public Practice acts as a broker, selecting outstanding built environment experts Associates and matching them to Authorities in need of additional planning and placemaking expertise. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we offer Authorities a cost-effective model to build the public sector’s capacity over the longer-term. As a placement programme, we give Associates unique place-based roles to deliver change on the ground, alongside industry-leading training and development. And as a network of leading planning practitioners, we develop collective knowledge and research to be shared across the sector.
Public Practice offers access to a new pool of talent at a significantly lower cost than recruitment agencies, as well as opportunities for learning, networking, and sharing collective knowledge. Authorities interested in hosting a placement are supported by Public Practice to define the role and select an Associate from shortlisted candidates. Authorities employ Associates on one-year fixed-term contracts, or secondments from their existing employers, for salaries of £30,000 – £60,000. Authorities may be local or city government, combined authorities, development corporations, or publicly-led delivery vehicles.
Public Practice offers prestigious public sector placements, and the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary cohort producing collective research, developing new models of practice and receiving training and support. Associates work in place-based roles within Authorities for 90% of the time and spend the remaining 10% carrying out collective research and development as a cohort, supported by Public Practice. We accept applications from candidates with a wide range of skills and experience across the built environment, including planning, placemaking, surveying, development, architecture, community engagement and regeneration. Associates will typically be expected to have a minimum of three years’ experience in practice.