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Sustainable Environmental Management Student April gets to Parliament Final

Published Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 in Study at SRUC news

April Ketting

April Ketting has continued a long tradition of successful association between SRUC Aberdeen and the Bright Green Partnership.

April, who graduated this year from the Aberdeen Campus of Scotland’s Rural College with an Honours degree in Sustainable Environmental Management, received one of the organisation’s work placements. Her presentation about it gained her a place in the final of a competition held in the Scottish Parliament.

John Macdonald, Programme Leader for Environmental Management in Aberdeen has worked alongside the Bright Green Partnership for many years, encouraging students to participate. It has led to several Aberdeen students being in the competition in past years. Several students have also gone on to full-time employment in the companies they worked with such as Wood Group and Helix.

The Bright Green Partnership, which is part of the Business Partnership, offers a number of environmental employment placements in businesses for students or recent graduates. The lucky recipients are expected to make a presentation about their experiences and achievements in the placement. The best from each region go through to the final where they compete for the top prize. April's work placement over the summer was with Quensh, a company operating a busy environmental consultancy service in the Aberdeen area.

John MacDonald says: "Despite an excellent presentation, April did not win, but she faced stiff competition from students and graduates from a number of universities. She did a great job and the work experience through this placement will help her in the job market."

April enjoyed her placement and feels she has developed useful workplace skills. She also praised the support and encouragement she has received from Aberdeen staff throughout her studies with SRUC.

Photo caption: April (in blue top) with judges, Gillian Bruce, SEPA; Tom Gloyne, Grant Westfield; Stewart Cahill, Scotrail and other students.

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