Enrichment of Forensic Science Employability Skills through a Turing Placement Opportunity in Brazil



Employability, Placement, Turing Scheme


The Turing Scheme funds learners from the UK to participate in international mobility schemes including short period studying abroad.  International placements are thought to be a key element in equipping students with the necessary skills to transition from Higher Education and seek graduate level employment. This work evaluates the effectiveness of a four-week placement in the Federal District Civil Police in Brazil.  The students’ experiences were examined by thematically evaluating their responses in a semi-structured focus group to four pre-established themes i) forensic science attributes – the development and reinforcement of specific forensic science skills, ii) employability – enhancement of the prospects in seeking post-education employment, iii) cultural experience – the international nature of the placement allowed cultural exploration and a valuable leaning experience, iv) organization – recognition of the broader financial and social issues that could be a barrier to some students taking part in international placements.  This study provides an insight into the views of a small group of forensic students on an international placement and highlights the potential value to students in respect to skill development, employment prospects and cultural enrichment in engaging in such activities.  These placements do come with significant administrative burdens on the organizers and the small number of places and other barriers limits the opportunity to a small number of learners.