Generally speaking, student placements be taken at any point whilst engaged in further/higher education (typically 15+). There are many different options to consider:
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Natural Resources Wales
If you’re a student aged 15 or above, you can apply for a placement to gain work experience. Student work experience placements can range from a few days, up to 6 weeks.
All of Natural Resource Wales’ placement opportunities (including work experience, volunteering, apprenticeships etc) are advertised on their placements page: Natural Resources Wales / Apprenticeships, volunteering, work experience and other placements
Placements are dependent on staff identifying opportunities – once placements are available, they will be advertised on the website, therefore it’s worth checking in regularly to be kept up to date.
For the weekly recruitment newsletter subscription link please see here: Natural Resources Wales / Jobs
NRW Gower Volunteer have a range of volunteer placement opportunities to enable you to promote the sustainable management, benefits and value of natural resources and ecosystems. You’ll be assigned a placement manager who will oversee your work programme and you’ll receive an induction and training, and ongoing support.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
Placements – All of Museum Wales’ available Student Work Placements are/will be advertised on their website – Placements | Museum Wales
Museum Wales will be recruiting for summer placements in the next few months, providing staff have opportunities to offer.
In the meantime, there are some other opportunities that students may be interested in:
Volunteering – Current Opportunities – Become a Volunteer | Museum Wales
Youth – If students are 25 or under, they may also be interested in opportunities with the Youth Team: Young people | Museum Wales
UK CEH studentships
If you are interested in ideas and supervision for a Masters Project or summer work experience during your degree, please browse our six science departments for details of current UKCEH research focus. Once you have found a group you are interested in joining, please contact the Science Group Leader (listed under each science department) outlining the reason for your interest, the nature of the project work you would like to undertake, suitable dates and how you would be funded.
UK Research and Innovation (NERC)
NERC also offer Policy Internships to doctoral students funded by UKRI research councils in organsiations such as JNCC.
The National Trust
The Wildlife Trust
There are plenty of ways you can donate your skills and time to look after wildlife! Opportunities include community gardening, species surveying (such as looking for otters!), caring for nature reserves, plant identification and GPS mapping. You can even run Wildlife Watch groups, which enable young people to discover and explore their local environment.
Our volunteers carry out a huge range of tasks but it doesn’t have to be outdoors! You could find yourself making good use of your organisational, IT, administrative or financial skills too.
Each Wildlife Trust has a large number of both regular and casual volunteers, amounting to a total of more than 32,500 volunteers across the UK.
Find your local Trust below and start your volunteering adventure today!
It might also be worth looking at:
Not all work placements will be advertised (or even exist yet!) Here is a good article on how to approach employers for work experience from Prospects.ac.uk:
This is an excellent video on getting work experience with no prior experience:
Your university may advertise and help you to access placements or work experience. It is worth booking an appointment with a careers advisor to find out more.
Some courses will offer placements in industry as a module (for example Aberystwyth University offers a Applied Geospatial Skills in Industry module) or a sandwich year.