As hyped this week in the news, the competition for university places is intense. Part-time training courses don’t all suffer the same pressure of annual quotas and the summer rush. This might present a ripe opportunity if you’re interested in an alternative pathway through higher education and into your (chosen?) career.
Enquiry received recently by Natureheads: where can my friend find Environmental distance-learning courses?
For hands-on stuff try the FSC (Field Studies Council) or IEEM for ecological survey and assessment methods. Several higher education institutions have distance learning routes such as the SAC (Scottish Agricultural College) and the University of Oxford which do a few diploma and MSc courses.
For more options, they could look through the training section at the Countryside Jobs Service website. – www.countryside-jobs.com/index/training.htm
Compared to a degree, these alternative part-time courses might be a more cost-effective way of nudging your way into a career in the Environment sector – especially when taken in tandem with paid or voluntary work in a relevant post.
Jason Ball @ Natureheads