The Irish Planning Institute has a task force to address the issue of high unemployment among planners and recent graduates.
The Royal Town Planning Institute has established a registry of unemployed planners, and a "Recession Support" section of their Web site, The RTPI also recently established the Built Up program. From the site:
The Build Up programme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Economic Challenge Investment Fund for Sector Re-skilling and the City of Westminster’s Westminster Works programme. This innovative programme of workshops, short courses and projects provides participants with a unique opportunity to re-evaluate their careers and enhance their skills in preparation for the predicted up-turn in the economy.
Aimed at unemployed or under-employed built environment professionals, Build Up is offering 1,500 FREE places on the programme, which runs until the end of September 2010.
Aside from reduced dues and an article in Planning magazine a while back, does the APA have any sort of special program or initiative to help unemployed planners maintain their skills or get back on their feet?