New funded chainsaw training provision in Wales

by | Mar 9, 2015 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

Drivelink Training and Ropework UK have entered into a collaboration to help bring funded chainsaw related training to Wales. This funding is available through the Focus On Forestry First programme and provides funding up to 75% of tuition costs on ground-based and aerial courses.

This represents an exciting opportunity for a number of reasons, not least to potential attendees who want to learn new skills and underpinning knowledge in a wide range of courses from basic chainsaw maintenance through to felling, climbing and aerial rescue, and more advanced courses.

David Vickers, MD of Drivelink Training said “this represents an excellent opportunity to learn the practical skills required to manage the Welsh woodlands, and with around 80,000ha of native woodland currently unmanaged and new woodlands being created at 380ha/yr, this is a great way to start in an industry with a future”. Justin Palmer, Ropework UK commented that the collaboration with Drivelink Training meant that both parties were able to bring high quality, professional forestry and arboriculture training, “our training and assessment services will be based in South Wales, near Cardiff and Newport, with the funding open to anyone within Wales who wishes to manage existing woodland, bring woodland back into management, or just wants to become part of an exciting industry”.

The collaboration between Drivelink Training and Ropework UK means that we will be able to offer training in the ground-based City & Guilds NPTC chainsaw suite of courses from basic maintenance through to emergency treeworks, and dealing with windblown trees; and aerial courses from the foundation tree climbing & aerial rescue through to rigging and dismantling – along with assessing services to back these up. We can also deliver woodchipper and brushcutter training as well, and as both David and Justin are qualified City & Guilds NPTC trainers and assessors, and qualified teachers, you can be sure of a high quality training provision. For more information visit