Forester gains A1 award

Bookmark and Share Nod tudalen & Rhannu
24 MAY 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13626

This news story is now over a year old and information may no longer be accurate or up-to-date. It might also contain obsolete links.
Please use our search link on the left to look for more recent information.

A forestry manager in the Wye Valley has proved he is up to the task of assessing forestry trainees by gaining a nationally recognised award.

Richard Gable is Forestry Commission Wales’s Area Manager for the Wye Valley and is based in Chepstow, Gwent. He worked with staff from Coleg Gwent and an external verifier to gain the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) A1 Assessor award in Trees and Timber.

Now, along with managing the Welsh Assembly Government woodlands in the Wye Valley, Richard has taken on the role of internal NVQ Assessor for apprentices on Forestry Commission Wales’s Foundation Modern Apprentice Scheme.

In this new role, Richard ensures that apprentices demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the standards and criteria required to gain NVQ level 2 in Trees and Timber.

Richard said, "The Foundation Modern Apprenticeship Scheme has provided young people in Wales an opportunity to gain experience in the forestry industry and I am delighted to be a part of this process."

Hayley Evans, HR Officer at Forestry Commission Wales, said, "Richard is a fantastic addition to our apprenticeship scheme which was set up last year in response to a skills shortage in the forestry sector.

"With his wealth of forestry knowledge and his enthusiasm for learning and development, Richard was the ideal choice to undertake the role of NVQ assessor."

The Foundation Modern Apprentice scheme was set up by Forestry Commission Wales in 2009. The scheme is currently fully subscribed, but details of future opportunities for placements will be placed on

Picture caption: Richard Gable (left) receives his A1 Assessor award from Clive Gadd of Coleg Gwent



Forestry Commission Wales

About 14% of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

Forestry Commission Wales provides advice on forestry policy to the Minister responsible for forestry. It provides grant aid to the private sector and regulates forestry by issuing felling licences.

Forestry Commission Wales is also part of Forestry Commission GB and contributes to the international forestry agenda.

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

Press office contact: Mary Galliers,, 0300 068 0057.