A view of the Lake District, Cumbria

Skills Development Programme

The LEC Skills Development programme provides you with an opportunity to develop your key skills and relevant experience beyond your degree.

These voluntary placements are a great way of learning more about the sector you want to work in after you graduate, whilst also strengthening your CV and enhancing your employment prospects.

We have teamed up with local and national environmental organisations and with researchers here at Lancaster to provide you with opportunities to put your skills into practice out in the field.

Browse the latest volunteering options available at our Science & Technology Opportunities Portal.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain new skills, knowledge and experience to enhance your employability
  • Become better informed about the suitability of different career paths
  • Expand your network of careers contacts
  • Volunteering opportunities can contribute to the Lancaster Award.

How the scheme works


You must complete a minimum of 20 hours volunteering but many opportunities will allow you to work for longer. Students should not volunteer for more than 4 hours per week in term time.


The LEC Skills Development Programme assessment document will need to be completed to reflect on your development throughout the scheme and you will submit this through the Moodle page.


If you complete the experience and submit your assignment to a suitable standard you will receive the certificate of completion.

Our partner organisations

Off-Campus Opportunities

Organisations with a specific need for Lancaster students include

  • Piccadilly Support Services, Lancaster– a horticultural work party
  • Fork-to-Fork
  • Lancaster Wildlife Trust
  • Lancashire Fylde Council: Fylde Sand Dunes Project
  • Ribble Rivers Trust

Full details of these opportunities will be on the Science & Technology Opportunities Portal.

On-Campus Opportunities

Other Opportunities

The following organisations have volunteering opportunities that may be of interest to you:


To find out more about the Employability Programme and how to apply, please contact Andy Folkard.

Andrew Folkard

Dr Andrew Folkard

Senior Lecturer,

Improving global stewardship, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

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