Staff meeting and training in the UK, 2016
Our international group gathered together this spring at the ambitious University of Exeter, UK. Well, the mission of the team was nor less ambitious; to create and put together a useful learning material, an “innovative employability guidance for higher education students in the context of European biodiversity management”. However, the core of the project not only tailored to the students’ needs but also to their career advisers.
The cross-border strategic partnership had been built on the idea that expressed the increasing necessity to foster entrepreneurial and innovative thinking and facilitate students' access to the European labour market in this specific sector.
The project team visited the University of Exeter for the very reason to explore best practices of the various ways how the selected staff copes with employability and training challenges and also to share amongst colleagues their experiences how effectively they manage to pass their knowledge to the next generation of wildlife professionals.
During specific sessions the project partners were also joined by representatives of the UK’s well developed nature conservation sector to inform the thinking of the project, including The Environment Agency, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Marine Biological Association and the Devon Wildlife Trust.
Five rich days through seminars, workshops, ‘Knowledge café discussions’ and informal lunchtime talks led the trainers to be trained by the associates of the Exeter Career Zone.
Since interested students working in nature conservation and biodiversity will have the opportunity to do field work – within this project – in Portugal, Hungary and the UK, the time is not so far away when these acquired competences and the completed learning materials will be tested in practice.
The program is being funded by European Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership.