Erasmus+ Employability Project

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We are pleased to announce the success of an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project application.

Innovative employability guidance for higher education students in the context of European biodiversity management


Careers in Nature Conservation

This is a programme designed to provide enhanced employability guidance for higher education students in the context of European biodiversity management.

The programme is a European collaboration between the partners shown above.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is aimed at any students who are passionate about wildlife and biodiversity management (nature conservation) and looking to actively pursue a career in this sector. The programme is delivered via a mixture of virtual and field-based skills training, some specific (hard) and genetic, transferable (soft).

Careers in Nature Conservation are looking to recruit 20 University of Exeter current students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who will form a pool of trainees able to follow the project by participating in the virtual training elements by working live via online seminars with students, employers and careers advisors from Hungary and Portugal. The project wishes to follow the progress of these students on into employment in the sector.

What does the programme involve?

Virtual training

Acting in an ambassadorial capacity, you will train alongside an international group of likeminded students and develop additional skills over and above those required in the biodiversity management sector, such as:

  • cultural awareness;
  • networking;
  • language skills (an introduction to Hungarian and Portuguese);
  • advanced interpersonal skills;
  • and international collaboration and diploimacy skills.

Opportunities to travel

In addition to the virtual training, there will be opportunities for small groups from the pool of 20 trainees to travel to Hungary and Portugal with a member of staff from the programme and representatives from employing and training organizations. These intensive study visits comprise field-based training which will be fully funded by the University of Exeter. The training will further enhance your skills in:

  • Project management;
  • Communication and engagement;
  • Entrepreneurship and ecological consultancy;
  • Species identification, ecology and mapping, wildlife audits;
  • Team working and collaboration;
  • Networking in both a UK and European context
  • and biodiversity management skills.

To apply for a place on the program please follow this link and complete and submit the online application form along with your CV.

The deadline for all applications is midnight on Friday 15th April 2016. Shortlisting will take place in the three weeks following the closing date, so please let us know in your application when you are available for interview across this time period.

If you have any queries, please contact the University of Exeter Career Zone




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