Students get a taste of Environmental Health at Open Days
17 September 2015
Environmental Health Officer, Ciara McMenamin is joined by Colm Devine, from St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena at the Ulster University Open Day, Jordanstown.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Environmental Health Department attended the recent open days held at the Ulster University, Jordanstown, to meet prospective students and promote the role of the Environmental Health Officer as a career.
The information stand gave students an insight into the work carried out by the department across the areas of health and safety, food safety, environmental protection, public health, health and wellbeing, consumer safety and licensing. The stand included examples of the equipment students will come into contact with should they decide on a career as an Environmental Health Officer.
Prospective students also got a taste of the job through the interactive aspects of the stand which allowed them to identify foreign bodies and pests found in foodstuffs, examine consumer products for safety defects and carry out testing on alcohol to see if it was counterfeit. Health promotion information was also disseminated at the stand with literature provided on smoking cessation and care in the sun.
The open days provided an excellent opportunity for future students to gain more information about their preferred field, talk to lecturers and see the university facilities first hand. They were attended by approximately 6,000 students from across the province over the three day period.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council works closely with Ulster University providing placement opportunities for Environmental Health students – a key requirement for gaining employment in the field.
For further information on Environmental Health to see if it might be the career option for you, visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/Residents/Environmental-Health or www.cieh.org.