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Student flies over 8,500 miles to fulfil work experience dream

Published: August 15, 2018

Falmouth Marine School

A student studying in Cornwall has certainly put the miles in to achieve her dream work experience placement.

Florence Tubbutt flew more than 8,500 miles to work with turtles in Watamu in Kenya.

The Marine Science student at Falmouth Marine School, travelled to the Local Ocean Trust in Watamu, where she got to hold a turtle for the first time as part of the turtle conservation and mangrove restoration project.

“This was fascinating work experience that has reinforced my love for turtles and made me more determined to work with them in the future,” said Florence.

“It was also the first time I have ever flown on my own, so the trip was a real confidence boost and has made me realise that I can push myself to try new things.”

Florence spent two weeks involved in a variety of different programmes to help the turtle species and the environment around them.

Her main task working with the Local Ocean Trust was the Bycatch and Release Programme, which involved driving around the marine national park and picking up turtles caught as bycatch.

The Local Ocean Trust work with the local fishermen to save the turtle population and educate the locals on how important turtles as a species are.

“This work experience has taught the importance of life, how important it is to implement conservation in certain areas and how vital it is to look after the environment around you,” Florence continued.

“I learnt how to take care of a species I never thought I would even see and I was able to help the locals understand how important their area is. For those two weeks I became part of the local community and felt what I was doing was making a change not only the local environment but to a whole species. This work experience has shown me what I want my future career to be.

Work experience forms an essential part of all Cornwall College’s Foundation Degrees, which are awarded by Plymouth University, and requires students to gain practical knowledge of their chosen subject in the relevant industry by completing 100 hours of unpaid work experience.

Marine Science Manager, Craig Baldwin said it was “fantastic to see the dedication our students show when it comes to gaining work experience”.

“This placement will definitely aid Florence in gaining employment at the end of her course, as she has already shown that she’s prepared to go the extra mile, in order to progress her career,” he added.

If you would like to study at Falmouth Marine School please visit www.falmouthmarineschool.ac.uk or call 01326310310.

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