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1 Developing Professional Qualifications for Travel Planners Professor Stephen Potter The Open University Dr. Marcus Enoch Loughborough University

2 Travel Planning Skills Travel planning represents a different approach than traditional transport planning. It is… –about sustaining initiatives, not one-off projects/actions –about building partnerships, consulting, educating and empowering users This requires appropriate skills and management approaches

3 Travel Planning and Professional Qualifications Travel Planning requires different sorts of skills and people to traditional transport planning (or even project- oriented Mobility Management) Travel Planners come from a variety of backgrounds and do not fit easily into existing transport planning career structures –There can be serious problems of professional status –Existing Transport qualifications do not match to the different approach and skills of Travel Planning Travel Planning is a new transport planning profession that has a qualifications gap

4 Travel Planning Qualifications With financial support from Transport for London, the Open University and Loughborough University have developed a range of Travel Planning qualifications The suite of qualifications recognise the need for a range of training for workplace and school Travel Planners, consisting of: –An OU CPD short course on Travel Plan basics for newly appointed TP co-ordinators –Other OU CPD courses to develop professional skills –An OU NVQ level-4 Travel Planning qualification –Loughborough MSc in Sustainable Transport and Travel Planning

5 Open University CPD Courses Part-time, web-delivered short courses designed to fit with the situation of workplace and school Travel Planners (available worldwide) Each hours long, with an open start and finish (to fit with workload) Mix mode materials Learning Advisor support (via – 24hr response guaranteed) and web Conference to share experience with other learners

6 Assessment and Validation Assessment is through a work-based activity applying content of courses to own situation –If learner fails they receive feedback and can resubmit QA procedures require the OU to have an external and internal assessor for each of the courses The courses are also subject to scrutiny by the TfL Educational Advisory Group

7 Open University CPD Travel Planning Courses Courses: –Introduction to travel planning (GT013) –Travel plan development (GT014) –Social marketing: how to influence behaviour (GB017) –How to design and analyse surveys (GT032) Course descriptions and course tasters can be found at:

8 NVQ Certificate in Travel Planning This will be a level-4 NVQ award for the completion of the four CPD short courses and an assessed integrating work-based activity Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) accreditation for the award will be in place by Autumn 2008 Travel Planners can already take generic National Transportation Qualification units –For details see: htm

9 Example: Introduction to Travel Planning

10 MSc in Sustainable Transport and Travel Planning TfL-sponsored MSc in Sustainable Transport and Travel Planning launched in October 2006 Full time and part time options now available Programmes accredited by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport For details see Loughborough University website at:

11 MSc Programme 180 credits Programmes are designed to allow distance attendance Currently lectures take place fortnightly Thursday afternoons and all day Friday. Full-time students complete in 12 months and part-time students over 2-5 years Assessment is mix of coursework and exams Validated and subject to scrutiny of external examiner and TfLs Travel Plan Education Advisory Group

12 Programme structure Semester 1 (year 1) Applied Research Methods (10 credits) Transport Policy (20) Semester 1 (year 2) Transport and the Environment (10) Transport Business Strategy and Management (20) Semester 2 Travel Behaviour and Travel Planning (20) Applied Research Methods 2 (10) Semester 1 (year 2) Sustainable Cities and Transport (10) Marketing Transport Services (20) 60 credit Project

13 Developing programmes As well as the OU and Loughborough suite of courses, other initiatives are taking place: Other Travel Planning courses are included in the ProStaTT trail National Transportation Qualifications can also be suitable for Travel Planners The TPS training and development site collates many UK courses and qualifications See:

14 Thank You Professor Stephen Potter: Tel : Dr Marcus Enoch: Tel: ;


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