VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING – WILDLIFE SURVEY AND INTERPRETATION SKILLS
The Wildlife Survey and Interpretation Skills project was funded by Erasmus+. Participants that were interested in deepening their knowledge about wildlife and gaining a network of interested peers, joined us for a visit and developed their personal and professional skills though hands-on methods such as field surveys and science communication, amongst themselves and with a group of professionals. This experience also helped participants gain confidence, broaden their thinking and keep them motivated.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS GAINED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE:
- Worked with friendly and engaging professionals
- Gained recognition of your newfound skills through e-badging and Europass
- Built key skills for species identification in the field
- Preparatory pre-mobility introduction with Ambios Ltd. in the UK (wildlife skills and mobility information)
- Progression towards employment
PRE-MOBILITY INTRODUCTION WITH AMBIOS LTD
The briefings included introduction to:
- Fellow participants
- The structure of the mobility and what to expect
- Travel logistics and kit to take
- The on-line learning materials
- The learning and pastoral support Ambios Ltd provides
ONLINE INTERACTIVE LEARNING
Once the application was successful, participants had access to our on-line interactive learning environment, which guided them through the learning they needed, to maximize their gain from this vocational course.
There was the option to complete a Bird Identification course which was e-badged and came with recognition of their time and hard work while on mobility. Through this, participants learnt practical skills in bird identification, increased confidence surrounding looking at bird shape, size, color, song, and behavior, as well as production of field notes and an understanding of the legal aspects and ones responsibilities when wildlife watching.
Participants worked their way through the learning materials at their own pace and completed as much of the course as they chose. Each section within the learning materials was followed by a review (of that learning). When they had successfully progressed through all the review stages, they received an e-badge for that Unit. The badge gives recognition the time you invested in the course and helps enhance their employability. It is endorsed by us (receiving institution) and Ambios Ltd (sending institution).
POST EUROPEAN MOBILITY
Following the mobilities, participants met up again with everyone, in Devon for a one-day celebration event.
This day was also the time they received their certificates of recognition for the practical skills they gained whilst on the course.
Participants could take up to 1 year from their date or registration on the course to complete the on-line materials and gain recognition.
This project is now concluded and can no longer be applied for.