Careers Newsletter: October 2022
Careers Spotlight: Arboriculture
What is Arboriculture? Arboriculture is a science and is the practice of taking care of plants, trees and shrubs – arborists are experts in green space. It is an industry that is bigger than many people think, being worth over £700 million each year and employing over 500,00 people across the country in a variety of roles.
Arboriculturists usually specialise in an area of work, such as:
tree climbing and maintenance
tree preservation and conservation
parks and gardens
tree survey and inspection.
plant trees and shrubs
carry out groundwork using a chainsaw and a chipper
select plants and design landscaping schemes
apply knowledge of tree biology for effective tree maintenance
carry out tree inspections and surveys
write reports for engineers, solicitors and mortgage and insurance companies, providing information relating to trees - for example if a tree root system is damaging, or likely to damage, a building or cause subsidence
review and respond to planning applications
provide training for junior colleagues and volunteers
conduct development site surveys and give pre-planning advice on topics such as the effect a proposed development may have on trees in the area and how best to retain them and incorporate them into the finished project
Entry-level jobs such as graduate/assistant/technician arbiculturist attract starting salaries of around £15,000 while senior arboriculturist and arboricultural consultancy roles can attract salaries of between £25,000 and £40,000.
What to expect
Self-employment and freelance work are often possible. This is mainly at contractor level, with a high demand for skilled tree climbers, and at consultant level (possible after developing specialist knowledge and gaining adequate experience).
Women are currently under-represented in this profession, but the Women in Arboriculture Working Group are promoting the career and helping women develop skills.
There are good employment opportunities for skilled and qualified people. Expansion within the arboriculture industry has led to a significant increase in demand for arboriculture specialists who can work alongside allied professionals such as planners, landscape architects and environmental consultants. Competition is strong for work within well-established companies.
The role can be physically demanding, especially in more junior/trainee positions. A good head for heights is needed and the high-risk nature of the work means insurance costs can be very high for self-employed arborists and arboriculturists.
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Boosting your CV
So what is a CV? CV is short for Curriculum Vitae and is a short document which summarises your unique skills, character, experience and achievements.
For students it can feel difficult to know what to write as you haven't had the time to build up the experience that employers always seem to want.
In this section we will look at ways of making your CV stand out for future employers so you can get that dream job. Last month we looked at after school clubs, this month we consider voluntary work.
Consider volunteering for a few weeks:
A great way to improve your working experience is to volunteer for a few weeks.
And we’re not just about the local charity shop.
If you have a particular type of job in mind that you’d like to do, why not search for companies within that industry and request to do a couple of weeks volunteering with them? The company will benefit from having an extra pair of hands for a few weeks, and you’ll benefit from improving your knowledge, understanding and experience, which will look great on your CV!
Finding volunteering opportunities is easier than you think. The first place you should start looking is in your local area. Drop by some of the places that you wouldn’t mind working in for a few weeks and ask if they have the capacity to take you on as a volunteer.
If you don’t have any luck in your local area, try searching online. There are a large number of volunteering websites out there that list opportunities all across the UK.
Careers in Hertfordshire: Engineering and Manufacturing
Hertfordshire continues to build on its pioneering industrial heritage. The first production commercial jetliner, the de Havilland Comet, was developed and manufactured in Hatfield in 1947 and Hertfordshire was home to the first digital radio manufacturer in the UK.
Stevenage is the leading location for the UK space industry and home to the 2018 ExoMars Rover and the 2017 Solar Orbiter Satellite research and development programmes.
Hertfordshire’s engineering research and manufacturing capability is built on a long history of innovation. Established centres of excellence include:
Science & Technology Research Institute (STRI)
Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)
Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR)
Materials Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL)
Institute for Acoustics
Institution of Engineering and Technology
Key Companies include:
Airbus Defence and Space
Thermal Engineering, Senior PLC
Hertfordshire’s world-class engineering companies specialise in aerospace, space and satellite engineering, communication technologies, electronics, defence and security-related equipment and logistics.
The advanced engineering sector includes top global companies such as Airbus, MBDA, Johnson Matthey, and Smiths Detection, as well as a multitude of niche engineering companies involved in everything from components to consumables.
Across the UK, more than 90,000 companies are involved in advanced manufacturing and engineering, employing 2.7 million people.
Between 2005 and 2015, manufacturing productivity grew three times faster than the rest of the UK’s economy. Advanced manufacturing contributes more than £162 billion to the British economy. R&D investment in the sector, at £13.5 billion a year, accounts for almost 70% of Britain’s entire research and development spending.
Advanced manufacturing and engineering contributed £3.5 billion to the Hertfordshire economy in 2015. The value of the sector to the economy grew by 2.1% per year between 2005 and 2015, compared with a national rate of 1.6%.