Every sandwich needs a filling

Weatherall, Andrew ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8413-1539 (2019) Every sandwich needs a filling. Forestry Journal, June19 (298). pp. 20-21.

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As part of this month's focus on education, Dr Andrew Weatherall of the National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria, considers the importance of good placement opportunities for 'sandwich' year students.

All final-year BSc students who have undertaken the optional sandwich placement year at the National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria, have job offers prior to graduation in 2019. These are students on BSc (Hons) Forest Management and BSc (Hons) Woodland Ecology and Conservation. The National School of Forestry also currently delivers an FdSc Forestry with a compulsory placement and a BSc Forestry top-up, to enable foundation degree students, on our course and similar ones, to progress through to BSc immediately or after some time working in the forest industry. We are proud of all our students, but it is clear that employers look for graduates with a combination of a good academic qualification and some relevant forestry experience. We do not consider our students to have completed their education when they graduate, but think they are ready to continue their learning on graduate schemes or in other early-career-development positions. It is also clear that applicants want to obtain a combination of education and experience from their university studies. Our data on current applicants for next year's intake shows that 86% of those applying for the BSc programmes (which can be chosen with or without sandwich placement) wish to take the 'with sandwich placement' option. In addition, as the FdSc students must take a placement on their course, this means that we will be looking for at least 17 placements for students commencing in September 2019.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Forestry Journal
Publisher: Herald & Times Group
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 11:25
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 09:15
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4847


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