New Forest Apprenticeship Scheme
At least 6 local people have been trained through on-the-job apprenticeships in the land management skills necessary to maintain and enhance special qualities of the New Forest Heritage Area, an iconic part of England's most wooded region. Forestry contractors are vital for the delivery of sustainable woodland management and are therefore undamental to the sector's health. However, the industry faces significant recruitment and retention problems, which are widely recognised as barriers to growth.
The Forestry Commission, National Trust and Sparsholt College came together to equip apprentices with background knowledge of the constraints and opportunities that go with working within the Forest.
The apprentices also gained NVQ Level 2 in Forestry Management. This project was a pilot ahead of the development of forestry Modern Apprenticeships. Apprenticeships present a great opportunity to 'earn while you learn', working alongside experienced staff, without burden of debt associated with full-time study. The apprentices are successfully moving on to further employment and study.
For further information see New Forest Apprenticeships Case Study (pdf:281k)