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New funding for forestry skills

The Forestry Skills initiative will fund training for up to 45 new entrants to the forestry workforce. The trainees, who will be employed by the private sector as forestry apprentices, will be able to access a £270,000 fund to help pay for the cost of their training. This will enable forestry businesses to take on and train the new employees which will allow their enterprises to grow.

Defra are funding this new initiative as part of a rural growth package, visit the Defra website at for more details.

Detailed arrangements are being developed by Forestry Commission England who – working with the partners to the Forestry Skills Action Plan – will publicise arrangements once these are available. Contact Gesa Reiss at for further information.

Justin Mumford of Lockhart Garratt, chair of England Woodland Timber Partnership (EWTP): "EWTP is delighted to see new investment in much needed training for the forestry workforce, and welcomes this Skills Action Plan initiative which will enable businesses to employ a new generation of skilled workers"

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