By Mary Jones 6th April 2021

You may know that FSC has taken the bold decision to review our renowned natural history training courses and structure them in a new, engaging way with quality assured. I am at the helm of this novel approach as the fresh in post Training and Engagement Manager. I am aided by a great team comprising content curating Engagement Officers, Course Co-ordinators operating nationally and a dedicated Youth Engagement Officer to ensure our training reaches diverse audiences across the UK. 

Eco-Skills is the name of this new approach to learning and our mission is to lead the production, management and booking of place-based and online, biodiversity, natural history and environmental art training courses centrally.  Whether you’re attending a place-based beginners’ course on fungi in Glasgow, Birmingham or you’ve chosen the online course at ‘FSC Virtual’ you should benefit from similar learning opportunities and the same engaging level of content wherever you learn with FSC!  

We are working with many highly talented FSC associate tutors and forging partnerships with relevant expert organisations to develop and curate standardised learning content. We are looking across the animal, plant and fungi kingdoms to generate a variety of progressive learning frameworks in subjects from bats to wildflowers or nature photography. Learners will be able to progress through structured learning pathways in their chosen subject starting from introductory level all the way through to specific advanced content. They will earn recognition through courses attended and take on personal, volunteer and professional roles to benefit themselves and the natural environment. 

I am excited to announce that our first three Eco-Skills courses are now available to book.  We have kicked off the new initiative with our online programme running from late April onwards. These courses involve a structured programme of topics for self-led learning through our online platform (Moodle.) Each topic is consolidated with an interactive weekly Zoom workshop with an expert tutor and the chance to link up with fellow learners. Join us to discover marine mammals, trees or nature writing. Three very different subjects each with their own progressive learner pathway soon to be followed by the launch of courses from many more subject areas both online and place-based from July. We hope that these initial introductory courses will whet your appetite sufficiently to encourage further involvement as you begin or continue your learning journeys with FSC Eco-Skills. Bon voyage! 

Discovering Marine Mammals – From Tuesday 20th April

Discovering Trees – From Friday 23rd April

Introduction to Nature Writing – From Friday 23rd April

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