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This Welsh University has been named ‘Best Place To Study’ for one of the UK’s TOP 3 environmental jobs!



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A recent study has revealed Bangor University in Wales, as the best place to study, for the 3rd best environmental job role in the UK – Arboriculturist.

Carried out by Sustainable online platform, Bower Collective, the study factors in average salary, market growth trends, demand and minimum education requirements, ranking 44 of the topmost advertised environmental job roles across 11 different sectors.

Following on from this, the study also suggests the UK’s top university offering the best and most relevant degree for each role.

Top findings include:

  • The role of ‘Arboriculturist’ has ranked as the UK’s 3rd best environmental job, thanks to its high ranking where salary prospects are concerned, with those in the position expecting to rake in an average of £41,268 a year (9th best-paid role overall)
  • The role has also seen a strong 5-year market growth (+224%) and entry requirements are not as strict, with most vacancies just requiring a diploma/certification rather than a degree.
  • Bangor University is also revealed to be the ‘Best Place To Study’ if you’re considering a career as a ‘Forest/Woodland Manager’, another one of the UK’s top environmental jobs.
  • Overall, the demand to fill environmental job roles has increased by 91% in the UK, compared to 5 years ago (2016). The average salary within the sector is also 12% above the national average, at £35,267

The UK government recently announced their plan to quadruple the number of ‘Green’ jobs by 2030. With the aim of steering those considering a job in this field, Bower Collective have conducted a study analysing the topmost advertised ‘environmental’ job roles across 11 sectors. The ‘sustainable living’ experts have also created a tool, which enables those contemplating a career in the field to see a complete ranking of prospective job roles based on their preferred combination of relevant factors.

Bangor University in Wales has been named the best place to study to prepare for one of the UK’s top environmental jobs – Arboriculturist. The role of ‘Arboriculturist’ has ranked as the UK’s 3rd best environmental job, thanks to its high ranking where salary prospects are concerned, with those in the position expecting to rake in an average of £41,268 a year (9th best paid role overall). The role has also seen a strong 5-year market growth (+224%) and entry requirements are not as strict, with most vacancies just requiring a diploma/certification rather than a degree.

Bangor University is also revealed to be the ‘Best Place To Study’ if you’re considering a career as a ‘Forest/Woodland Manager’, another one of the UK’s top environmental jobs. Ranking 34th overall, the role of ‘Forest/Woodland Manager’, has had a bigger hike in demand over the last five year (+257% compared to 2016), however average salaries are lower and the recruitment process is currently very competitive. 

Job RoleOverall Job Role RankingSectorAvg. SalaryMarket Growth RateNo. of VacanciesBest Place To Study
Arboriculturist3Forestry & Horticulture41,268224%High In VolumeBangor University
Forest/ Woodland Manager34Forestry & Horticulture26,466257%Very competitiveBangor University

The top 10 green jobs and the best place to study:

  1. Sustainability Consultant:  University of St Andrews
  2. Renewable Energy Engineer: Durham University
  3. Arboriculturist: Bangor University
  4. Land Manager: Royal Agricultural University
  5. Environmental Policy Advisor: LSE 
  6. Climate Change Officer: University of Oxford
  7. Research Scientist /Analyst: University of Liverpool
  8. Farm Manager: Newcastle University
  9. Fisheries Officer/Technician: University of Greenwich
  10. Environmental Engineer: University of Bath

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Pupils create lasting legacy ahead of move to new school




Pupils counting down the weeks until they can move into their new school building have created a lasting legacy to let children in the future know what school life is like today.

The children at Ysgol Gymraeg Tan-y-lan have worked with staff to gather items for a time capsule that has been buried on the site of the new £9.9m build in Clase.

The development is nearing completion and they are due to move from their existing site at Tan-y-lan Terrace in Morriston to their new home in Clase after the Christmas holiday break.

Pupils joined Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart, Cabinet member for Education Improvement Robert Smith and other senior councillors at the new site to bury the time capsule.

It includes photos and recordings of performances along with items of news and information that will give a flavour of school life in 2021.

The new build is jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government under the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme and is part of a £170m investment in new and improved schools in Swansea which is the largest such investment in the city’s history.


Cllr Smith said: “The new school building and facilities are absolutely first class and I can see how excited the staff and children are about moving into their new home.

“This will give them the very best surroundings in which to work and is very different to the old outdated accommodation of their current buildings.

“The contractors Kier have done an amazing job in building this school while working safely during the pandemic and I can’t wait to see the pupils settle in. I’m really looking forward to visiting them again when it opens.”

The new build at Hill View Crescent has an increased capacity and a nursery that will help meet additional demand for Welsh medium education in the future.

YGG Tan-y-lan headteacher Berian Jones said pupils and staff were very excited about the move and said they had all worked together to create the time capsule.


He added: “Pupils from each year group were involved in preparing USB’s filled with examples of activities, photos and performances that have been placed in the capsule.

“We have also collected items that represent the school and our ‘cynefin’ habitat – we also included items and information from current time that explain our current situation and current events in history.”

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New Year start date for new state-of-the-art Pembrey primary school




Work will get underway to build a state-of-the-art primary school in Pembrey in the new year.

Carmarthenshire County Council has unveiled plans for its latest new school, part of its multi-million pound Modernising Education Programme, jointly funded by Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools initiative.

The new modern purpose-built £8.25million primary school will be built next to the existing school site on Ashburnham Road.

On completion it will provide high-quality teaching facilities for 270 primary pupils and 30 nursery pupils.

It will also incorporate a Flying Start facility for younger children, located in a mobile classroom on the current school site.

The school has been designed by Carmarthenshire County Council’s own architects and the work will be carried out by Carmarthenshire-based TRJ Construction Ltd, selected from the South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework.


Headteacher Helen Jacob said: “Teaching staff, pupils and families are excited and looking forward to seeing our new school come to life. Our children will benefit from seeing every phase of their new school being built right alongside us – it has been designed to enhance learning and teaching and it is very much deserved.”

Artist’s impression of the new Primary School in Pembrey (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)

Cllr Glynog Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, added: “We are proud to be delivering yet another fantastic new school in Carmarthenshire as part of our Modernising Education Programme.

“The new Ysgol Pen-bre will provide an excellent learning and teaching environment and will also benefit the local community, with many features built into the design that can be used by local people when it opens.

“We look forward to seeing construction start in January.”

By the end of the 2020/21 financial year, Carmarthenshire County Council will have invested £295million in transforming its network of nursery, primary and secondary schools.

Since the programme was launched, 12 new primary schools and two new secondary schools have been built and a number of other schools have been remodelled and refurbished to provide top-class learning and community facilities.


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Over £100m spending on Pembrokeshire school building projects agreed




Councillors in Pembrokeshire have agreed a significant investment in schools in the county

Proposals backed include a £62.4m investment in the community of Milford Haven with the creation of new-build primary and secondary schools in the town through the use of the Welsh Government Mutual Investment Model (MIM).

Councillors also agreed the teaching and learning environments for children who attend Portfield School in Haverfordwest and the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre (PLC) in Neyland need to be significantly improved, with a £38.5m investment into the two sites. This work will be funded under Band B of the 21st Century Schools Programme.

A total of £20.3m will be invested at Portfield School, which provides education for pupils with statements of special educational needs aged between 3-19 years.

Meanwhile £18.2m will be spent on improving the Neyland site of the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre, which provides education for pupils aged between 11 and 16 with complex needs.

Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “While there are further stages as part of both the Band B 21st Century Schools funding and separate MIM proposal that we now need to successfully complete in partnership with Welsh Government, today represents a significant positive step forward in achieving Cabinet’s commitment to delivering all 21st Century School capital projects and significant investment in Milford Haven, Portfield School and the PLC.


“My thanks go to all those who have worked very hard to get us to where we are today, and I look forward to continuing to work with all those now involved in successfully delivering these exciting school capital projects that will provide the best educational facilities for learners.”

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