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LEP’s planning team welcomes Sema for work-shadowing

Sema Yurtman

LEP’s planning team welcomes Sema for work-shadowing

LEP is proud to have taken part in the University of Kent’s ‘Employability Points’ programme for 2022.  The programme offers university students the opportunity to earn ‘points’ for exceptional work and co-curricular activities. Points can be exchanged for the opportunity to work alongside local firms for work experience, working shadowing and internships.

Unlike other work experience opportunities, students undergo a competitive interview process to secure placements – giving them more insight and experience of the world of professional employment.

Following a round of exceptional interviews, LEP was delighted to welcome Sema Yurtman into the planning team for two weeks of work experience and work shadowing.

Previously studying architecture in her native Turkey, Sema came to the University of Kent to complete her Masters in Urban Planning and Resilience.  Wishing to extend her knowledge even further, she sought to undertake work experience from a planning perspective, and was overjoyed with our offer of a two-week placement with the Practice.

During her time with us, Sema helped our planning team with a number of projects, giving her insight into the complex nature of planning.  Working closely with Senior Planning Consultant, Reece Lemon, she also developed a presentation to delivery to our designers-in-training on the Basics of Planning – which was delivered expertly and wonderfully received.

Of her experience with LEP, Sema said; “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to spend two weeks at LEP. During this time I’ve learned every step about how to process planning applications on various projects, examining local plans and policies.  I’ve been welcomed and felt part of the team, and have been supported in every step.  From day one, everything was well organised which helped me improve myself quickly.  My end of programme presentation helped me put together all the information I have learned about planning, and I hope it was also beneficial for all participate.  I truly appreciate and thank the team for their guidance, support, and warm welcome.”

Mentoring her, Reece Lemon said “her enthusiasm has been a welcome supplement to the practice, and we wish Sema the best of luck in her onwards employment”.


Best of luck in your next career step Sema!