The Forestry Fee has introduced it’s going to reopen its Woodland Officer programme in 2023 to foster a rising, extremely expert and various workforce throughout the forestry sector.

The Improvement Woodland Officer programme presents a three-year, paid growth alternative for passionate people from all backgrounds trying to kickstart their careers in forestry.

It goals to develop and upskill the forestry sector workforce and is open to high school leavers, graduates or anybody in search of a change in profession path.

Upon completion of the programme, profitable graduates will earn a Skilled Forester Apprenticeship (equal to Degree 6), a BSc (Hons) in Forest Administration.

Forestry Fee chief government, Richard Stanford stated:

“The Improvement Woodland Officer programme is an thrilling profession pathway into forestry on the whole and the Forestry Fee particularly.

“The programme presents a variety of forestry and silvicultural experiences to construct information throughout the whole forestry sector.

“I’ve seen first-hand the success of this programme, our present college students are thriving although a singular mixture of hands-on expertise and educational research in addition to being in paid employment.

“I encourage folks from all backgrounds and skills desirous about a rewarding profession in forestry to use.”

Gareth Biggins, Improvement Woodland Officer apprentice stated:

“I joined the DWO programme in 2022, having labored within the rail business for 15 years.

“I wished to make a profession grow to be forestry for a while and the programme presents an effective way to attain this whereas working to guard and increase our woodlands.

“Since becoming a member of I’ve acquired new abilities, information and expertise and have loved the chance to work in the direction of a level stage qualification alongside on the job coaching and interplay with colleagues from throughout the forestry sector.”