Engagement Introduction

As set out in the Skills in Planning Research Paper (February 2021), digital planning skills are equally important for employers and employees with a clear focus now being placed on addressing upskilling and reskilling. Within the EKOS report key areas are highlighted including a need for training and supporting the future regarding core planning technical and knowledge skills.

As discussed elsewhere in this handbook, it remains the case that digital skills will help planning professionals at all stages of their career to better discharge their remits. However, it cannot be assumed that these skills exist already or that tools can simply be applied without adaptation to their specific circumstances. Users, including young planners, are therefore encouraged to apply and develop their digital skills in a manner which is proportionate and reflective, at all times, of the need to recognise the physical focus on people and place.