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Our Bursary Scheme - Support While You Study

This unique offering is open to undergraduates who have lived in Ashford for five years or more. You will also need to be enrolling in a full time course, at Level 4 or above, from each September. This needs to be at a recognised university, technical college or similar establishment. This should last at least twenty weeks on average, in an academic year over the period of the course. 

Our 2022 Bursary and Paid Work Placement is suited to someone who is thinking of a career related Planning.  You’ll need to be enrolled/have an offer of a place on a programme related to Planning such as geography, town planning, sustainability, urban design, etc.

You will receive a bursary of £3,000 for each academic year and a 12 week paid work placement each summer where you will be paid £10.60 per hour.

During your paid placement we will be able to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the Planning area of local government. We will be able to help you develop knowledge and skills in the workplace and to support your programme of study.

You will have the opportunity of being a part of creating Ashford’s landscape. You will learn about how decisions are made on where new homes are built.   You will learn about how Planning helps to tackle climate change, social injustice and public health and how town planners try to make towns, cities and the countryside attractive and safe whilst protecting the environment. You will be given the opportunity of working with local communities, business and politicians. Lastly you will gain meaningful work experience and have the opportunity to apply for a permanent role with us when your programme of study is complete (subject to availability)

Application process - you must complete submit a CV and supporting statement to recruitment@ashford.gov.uk    

Approximate timings - The first year of placement will need to fit around school/college commitments so the timetable for 2022 summer placement will be shorter.

Megen's Story

Megen Williams, who was accepted onto the scheme from 2019 to 2022 had this to say of her experience:

"Working at Ashford Borough Council under their Bursary Placement Scheme has given me an amazing opportunity to gain a wide range of experience relevant to my university course.

"From the beginning and throughout I have had the opportunity to attain and experience different skills, all while growing my professional network.

"What made this paid placement so valuable was having the opportunity to take on tasks and projects myself, allowing me to learn and experience how they work outside of my education.

"I had amazing support around me from colleagues. Not only has this placement given me a vast insight into the industry, but has also given me financial support through the £3,000 bursary paid every year, as well as it being a paid placement.

"This bursary has allowed me to have support with buying resources, such as books and equipment.

"Overall my time under this bursary scheme has given me so many opportunities, that not many people get."

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