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Student Placements 2012 / 2013

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Scotland (North) - UK
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 30/01/2012
Company Name Forestry Commission
Contact Name HR
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The Forestry Commission invites applications from Students for the opportunity to obtain work experience within a forest environment.

This there are limited places available within our Forest Districts, Conservancies and Community Woodlands throughout Scotland.

Each placement lasts 51 weeks from September 2012 to August 2013. This experience allows the student to develop a strong, diverse and meaningful understanding of the job, become an active member of a professional team and build up a good working relationship with staff across all functions.

Students find they get as much out of this experience as they are prepared to put into the partnership - it's very much a two way process.  Details of your placement on your CV will be of great interest in the future to prospective employees.  Should you later apply for a job with the Forestry Commission you will have the advantage of already be known to them and you will have a good idea how the organisation works.
The placements are salaried (currently £14479 per annum paid monthly less deduction for income tax and National Insurance), you will also receive 25 days paid annual leave and the sponsoring unit will cover the cost of your essential training, travel and subsistence.  Accommodation, day to day living expenses and travel to and from your placement will have to be covered by you, however, most sponsors are aware of local, reasonably priced accommodation and will be able to assist you in finding somewhere to stay.

As forests districts cover large areas often not serviced by public transport, a current driving licence will be essential.  You must ensure that you have your licence and have accumulated at least 6 months driving experience by August 2012.  If you cannot satisfy this criterion unfortunately you will not be invited for interview.

In many cases official transport is provided for work purposes. However, you should expect to have to find your own way to and from the agreed starting point each day.

Whilst some students express a preference for specific locations we cannot guarantee to place them exactly where they want to go.  Many students do use their placement year to "try out" areas of Scotland they have never visited to broaden their horizons and gain new life experience before settling down to a permanent job.

In outline the process is:

  • December 2011
    Colleges and universities alerted that the Forestry Commission will have placements
  • January 2012
    Students invited to send in their CVs and a current passport sized photo (non-returnable)
  • February 2012
    Successful candidates invited to interview
  • March and April 2012
    Interviews and placements are offered to successful students.
  • April 2012
    Student confirms acceptance of place in writing
  • April/ May 2012
    Students put in touch with the sponsoring forest and their mentor. A preliminary visit is often worth arranging to meet staff, arrange accommodation and get a feel for the area and the work.
  • September 2012
    Students report to their Placement office
  • Induction Course
    All students attend an Induction course (usually 2nd. or 3rd. week of September 2012) at the Forest of Ae, Dumfries.
  • Training Plan
    An early meeting with a Learning & Development trainer, the student and the student's mentor to put together a training plan to help ensure all parties get the best out of the placement (either during the Induction Course or by late September 2012 at your place of work)
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