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11 Mar 2021

New forestry careers toolkit

A new online toolkit has been produced to help anyone in the forestry sector speak to young people about a rewarding career in the industry.

The Working with Trees and Timber toolkit gives tips on engaging youth at various years of age, outlines the many jobs in the forestry sector, and pulls together audio visual and infographics material available for use.

It complements the on-going efforts in the public and private forestry sector to attract more people into the industry.

Sally York, Scottish Forestry’s Education Policy Advisor said:

“Those of us working within the industry are very well aware that we need to inspire and attract more people into forestry.

“The sector is growing and will continue to do so substantially in the coming years so we need to demonstrate this is a fantastic industry to work in, with jobs for the future. One way to do this is taking part in career events which involve children and young people

“The toolkit is there to help anyone in the industry who might be speaking to young people in the future. We hope it gives useful hints and tips, and points speakers to useful resources that are available.”

The Working with Trees and Timber toolkit has been produced by Scottish Forest & Timber Technologies and Scottish Forestry.

In an effort to encourage more people in the sector to sign up to be a Forest/STEM Ambassador, the toolkit will also feature on LantraScotland's Forestry Ambassadors webpage.