SRUC Countryside Liaison Day
A Countryside Liaison Day took place at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) with key industry representatives this week.
In the morning, SRUC hosted a round table discussion regarding upcoming issues in the sector, as well as discussing training alignment between providers and the world of work.
The event opened its doors to students in the afternoon with six key note speakers that showcased career path opportunities and current projects. Students from NC, HNC/D Countryside Management and NC Rural Skills from Oatridge and other SRUC campuses, had an opportunity to listen first-hand to some of the biggest employers in the ecological and environmental industry such as the multinational environmental consultancies of Jacobs and SLR, as well as local employers, including ranger services and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, amongst others.
The programme had a carefully built-in a question-and-answer section with a panel formed by ecologists, rangers, and Scottish National Heritage (SNH) representatives. In turn, students posed their queries to the specialist panel regarding career advice and opportunities.
Dr Chris Smillie, lecturer in Countryside Management at Oatridge, said: “The day painted a picture for students which helped them to consider real jobs and careers options in their study area. The event brought together examples from a range of sectors, including archaeology through to zoology and ecology work.”