A NEW training scheme will give budding forestry professionals an introduction to the sector. 

The fully-funded Foresight Sustainable Forestry Skills Training Programme will offer people in South Wales the chance to learn about forestry-related activities, such as tree planting and basic chainsaw skills. 

Delivered by Tilhill and investment firm Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company, the three-weekly training sessions will run in August, September and October. No forestry experience is necessary and successful candidates will later be assigned a Tilhill mentor to advise on the development of their career. 

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David Edwards, forestry director at Tilhill, said: “It gives us great pleasure to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to join forces with the Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company and be part of encouraging people to help reshape the future of our environment and the forest industry. 

"There is no training, experience, or previous qualifications necessary in order to apply.

"We’re looking for candidates based in South Wales who are highly motivated, driven, enthusiastic, reliable and adaptable. This would be perfect for anyone within agriculture, farming or contractor-based roles or anyone who wants to start a career locally within the forestry sector.” 

Richard Kelly, co-lead of Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company, said: “We are proud to have launched with Tilhill our Forestry Skills Training Programme - an exciting development which will benefit local communities by supporting their participation in the opportunities created by afforestation-related land use change." 

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