A NEW apprenticeship scheme that will create up to 45 forestry posts across the UK has opened today. 

The Development Woodland Officer programme will aim to grow, upskill, and diversify the sector's workforce, offering on-the-job training and the chance to gain Chartered Forester status. 

Marking the first time that a degree-level forestry apprenticeship has been offered in the country, the scheme is jointly led by the Forestry Commission, the University of Cumbria and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). 

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FC chief executive, Richard Stanford, said: “This new programme offers a new and exciting career pathway into the forestry sector for people from all backgrounds and abilities. 

“We are looking for ambitious, driven individuals who are eager to support our ambitious tree planting plans and ensure our precious woods and forests continue to flourish for generations to come.”

Development Woodland Officers will benefit from academic studies in forestry management at the University of Cumbria, practical experience in FC area teams across England, and nine months of wider sector placements to further build their skills and experience, enhancing future employment prospects.  

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Up to 45 positions will be created over the next three years, with the first cohort of 15 officers starting in September this year.

Apply now via the Civil Service Jobs Portal. The deadline for applications is Sunday, May 8.