APA Strategic Initiative
Practical Skills For Planners
Upskilling is the process of teaching or learning new skills within someone's current job or profession that help them adapt to changing needs.
About Upskilling Initiative
As the world around us changes, planners must understand the dynamics of change and adjust to ensure they can continue to create great communities for all. This involves adapting planning processes and approaches, along with a commitment to continuous learning and upskilling.
APA has launched the upskilling initiative, to equip planners with the right skillsets to excel in in dynamic environments shaped by evolving approaches and technologies. Our goal is to ensure planners are fully prepared for the future, and equipped with the knowledge, insights, and skills needed to adeptly navigate changing environments.
Feel passionate about shaping the future of planning? If you believe you can contribute to APA's priority in developing skills-based resources and training, don't hesitate to reach out to Sagar Shah, Manager of Research and Strategic Initiatives.
Featured Upskilling Resources
The initial online webinar began a sequence of Upskilling events focused on advancing conflict management skills for planners
Speaker: Jennifer Raitt
This webinar explores key skills needed to integrate empathy and compassion in planning practice.
Speakers: Chloé Greene, Jasmin Moore, Meaghan McSorley, Ward Lyles
Identifying Skill Gaps
The Upskilling Planners initiative is anchored in APA Foresight, which focuses on understanding external drivers of change beyond our control, preparing for them, and determining the appropriate actions. We utilize APA's Foresight Practice to pinpoint the skills required to address emerging trends and challenges. In addition to leveraging APA's Foresight Practice, we actively collaborate with diverse planning practitioners, researchers, and educators, to identify skills gaps.