Four videos have been launched this week as the forestry sector joins forces to inspire more people to consider the exciting career opportunities it has to offer those leaving school or going on to further studies.
The videos, which focus on Real Careers in Forestry, have been produced by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) in partnership with the Forestry Learning and Development Working Group (FLDWG).
You can find the videos on the RFS website at http://www.rfs.org.uk/forestry-careers and they feature three foresters at the beginning of their careers and it also shows a forester who many may consider holds a ‘dream job’. He is the man in charge of the remarkable woodlands and landscape at Chatsworth and Bolton Abbey Estates.
These videos are the first of many in a series exploring real career opportunities. The people featured in the videos are:
- James Broom, forestry placement student
- John Everitt, private estate forest manager
- Luke Hemmings, trainee beat forester
- Keira Tedd, assistant forest manager
By focusing on the experiences of individual foresters, the series of videos aim to inspire the next generation and young people to consider rewarding and meaningful roles, working with people and woodlands, and contributing to the land-based economy.
Only around 11% of forestry employees are aged under 25 with 53% over 40 and an average age in the mid-50s. Now is the perfect time for young, new entrants to the forestry sector to nurture their skill and bring talent and creativity into the industry. A recent career survey rated forestry as one of the most satisfying career options, mainly because the work involves teams of committed professionals delivering worthwhile projects.
RFS Future Foresters Project Officer Adam Todd, explains: “The future of UK forestry is one of growth and we need to attract the very best if we are going to be able to help meet demand. Forestry needs people with the hands on skills to create thriving woodlands but also people with science and research qualifications, theoretical knowledge and the professional planning skills that rival other business sectors.
“Forestry is at the forefront of societal development. It is no longer all about timber growth. Our woodlands are playing a vital role as we face challenges from climate change, pest and disease outbreaks; career opportunities increase as we consider forestry for carbon capture, flood attenuation, biodiversity conservation, recreation, health and well being, as well other environmental and social benefits.”
Marcus Sangster, FLDWG Chair said: ” Forestry is a completely modern discipline; if you are a forestry apprentice or student you will become versed in science, understand the environment and wider land use, you can learn cutting-edge technology such as remote sensing and surveying and also learn how forestry operates as a business enterprise. People with forestry qualifications are in demand; if you take this path you will be very employable and you really will have a variety of fulfilling opportunities open to you.”
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