Event aims to attract women into forestry

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13 APRIL 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13505

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A free event to be hosted at Barony College near Dumfries aims to promote careers in forestry to women from all over Scotland.

Hosted by Forestry Commission Scotland, the country’s largest woodland manager, the event will demonstrate the many varied and challenging careers open to women who are returning to work or planning a career after their studies.

Careers can vary from working in the timber sector to nature conservation, through to recreation management and working with local community groups and schools.

The event is to be held on Monday 26th April at Barony College with registration from 12.15pm.

Heather Melville, from the Commission’s Human Resources team said:

“The face of forestry is changing and more women are finding very rewarding careers working with woodlands. Careers can vary from very physical harvesting jobs to demanding work with communities, children and wildlife.

“Many women come straight into the Commission from school, college, university or when returning to work. Our aim is to simply give some practical advice and support to any women who might be considering a future in forestry.

“The event is free and will be a great opportunity to speak to those already working in the industry and share first-hand experiences into the different types of careers and training available.”

As well as guest speakers, people working within the Commission will be on hand to talk to anyone considering a career in forestry. The event is also being supported in partnership with the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.  Lunch will be provided.

Geraldine Wooley, at the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science Engineering and Technology in Edinburgh Napier University added:

“We are pleased that Forestry Commission Scotland is committed to addressing gender equality in its workforce. We work with employers like the Commission to help them benefit from diversifying their workforce, and through the funding we get from the ESF and the UKRC, we are able to offer free advice and support on how to attract and retain female staff. This  helps organisations like the Commission to meet the challenge of skills shortages and develop a workforce which reflects the makeup of contemporary society.”

All those wishing to attend should register in advance through www.napier.ac.uk/forestry and  email src@napier.ac.uk for further information.

Notes to news editor

1. Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

2. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.

e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk