Learn to cut it in the forestry industry

Published Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 in Barony Campus news

Cutting it in the forestry industry
Pictured: (L-R) Henry Graham (Chairman, Lantra Scotland); Simon Hodge (Chief Executive, Forest Enterprise Scotland); Professor Wayne Powell (Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC); Emma Staniforth, (modern apprentice in trees and timber, FES); Fergus Ewing (Rural Affairs Secretary); Dr Sallie Bailey (Forest District Manager for Dumfries & Borders, FES); Gordon Hill (Programme/Team Leader, SRUC); Prof Dave Roberts, (KE Director, SRUC) at SRUC’s Barony campus.

Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, welcomed Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing to the Barony campus recently to announce a new forestry apprenticeship scheme.

Scotland’s Rural College has teamed up with Forest Enterprise Scotland on the initiative, which will see eight new Modern Apprentices begin a career in the industry.

The apprentices, who will be based in the south of Scotland, will learn a variety of skills, including tree planting, felling and forest surveying.

They will receive on-the-job experience and training with a Forest Enterprise Scotland team, backed with further skills provided by SRUC at Barony.

Mr Ewing said: “The Scottish Government is fully committed to helping young people find suitable training and skills development.

“We know that new recruits are often the lifeblood of any industry so I am very pleased to see Forest Enterprise Scotland taking on more apprentices.

“The skills that the apprentices will be taught are invaluable and will help them build exciting and rewarding careers.”

Prof Powell said: “Forestry plays an important role in Scotland’s rural economy, so it is vital that young people are given the chance to receive hands-on technical training and experience. We’re looking forward to partnering with Forest Enterprise Scotland on delivering this exciting new apprenticeship scheme from our Barony campus.”

If you are interested in applying for the apprenticeship, click here.

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