Campaign boosts numbers entering landscape courses

Applications rise 38 per cent following a drive from the Landscape Institute (LI)

An education drive by the Landscape Institute (LI) has helped entrance to higher education landscape courses rise by 38 per cent, according to new director general Marion Bowman. The institute visited schools, colleges and UCAS course fairs in the 2004/05 academic year to raise the profile of the industry while highlighting the varied career options it holds for young, qualified professionals. It targeted teachers and careers advisers in a bid to get them enthused about the sector as a career route for their students. Sue Beard, LI director of education and membership, said: “We are letting students know about landscape architecture as a professional career and highlighting how multi-faceted it can be.” Beard said the work was just the beginning in raising the profile of the industry to young people: “We are looking to do lots more in the future. If we want a strong landscape industry, it is fundamental to get out and influence the thinking of students about the career options they take.” BALI has also been boosting the image of the sector by helping colleges host open days highlighting the courses they have to offer.

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