Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship
Providing employers with a high level of professional environmental expertise through structured in house work experience and external education to degree level (level 6).
Environmental practitioners are found in a broad and growing employment sector, with organisations of all types seeking to promote sustainable growth in a manner that is practical whilst responsible, using fewer natural resources, producing less waste, and without compromising the quality of the built and natural environment.
The Society for the Environment supported the development of this level six degree apprenticeship alongside a Trailblazer Group of organisations from across sectors – the very first degree apprenticeship for the environment sector.
What is an Environmental Practitioner?
The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide employers and clients with a high level of professional environmental expertise, whilst providing a robust overview of key issues and the relevant policies, regulations and legislation an organisation must consider when delivering a specific project or programme.
Environmental Practitioners will combine a high level of knowledge and understanding of environmental principles and techniques to complex environmental systems, with their expertise being developed, adaptable or transferable to a range of environmental specialisms, for example, environmental policy and legislation, air quality, climate change, energy, water resources, waste management, ecology, acoustics, land contamination, sustainability, landscape or heritage.
Environmental Practitioners have the capability to manage, at an operational level, the provision of innovative solutions that maintain, enhance and minimise environmental impacts, for example, when designing, developing, refurbishing or monitoring drainage, utilities, renewable or emerging technologies, coastal or flood defences, transport systems, or major development programmes across the urban, rural and natural environments.