Landscape Institute President Sue Illman has written to registered practices following the findings of the recent Licentiate survey. Initiated by Lindsey Abbott and Gethin Owens, Licentiate representatives on LI’s Council, the survey highlighted feelings of isolation of Licentiate members who were not currently in employment, and the need for further support. 'There is a huge pool of talent among our Licentiate members, committed and inspiring people who we want to become the leaders and experts of the future,' says Illman.
'At an early stage in your career it can be difficult to find your feet and develop contacts, however proactive and hardworking you may be. Opportunities to meet and work alongside practitioners, and to talk to others about how to present yourself in a professional environment can be hugely valuable, particularly for those who so far have relatively little experience.'
Registered Practices are being urged to offer two-week placements which will include the chance for Licentiates to discuss portfolios, CVs and professional presentation with practitioners, and opportunities to get directly involved in projects or work shadow. Illman hopes that non-registered practices, local authorities and other agencies that employ landscape architects will also step forward.
'Making a commitment to the support of others is very much a mark of a profession,' she says. Illman Young is one of the first practices to advertise an opportunity under the scheme.
To find out more about the placements available, visit the new Licentiate Placements forum on Talking Landscape.