Monday, June 15, 2009

Government agency and universities in Scotland team up to address flood risk

Sam Bond in The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is to work with two of the countries universities in an attempt to plug the emerging skills gap on flood risk management. SEPA will fund two new trainee posts for each of the next three years with the successful candidates working for the watchdog on a part time basis while studying for an MSc at Sterling or Dundee.

When qualified, it is anticipated that successful graduates will be offered permanent jobs in SEPA helping deliver improved flood risk management for Scotland and meeting the challenges of the forthcoming Flooding Bill. This new approach will help establish Dundee and Stirling universities as national centres for expertise in flood risk management science.

Graduates from these courses will provide future flood risk management skills, not just for SEPA, but also for other partner organisations in the front line tackling sustainable flood management. SEPA's Flood Unit manager, David Faichney said: "To meet our future flood risk management challenges, we must ensure that we have the graduates we need with the relevant skills and knowledge.”…

The River Kelvin in Glasgow, Scotland, flowing through Kelvingrove Park. Shot by Finlay McWalter, Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License

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