Two Myerscough College arboriculture graduates have started his first jobs in the industry thanks to a project that links learners directly with employers.
Sam Cain and Isaac Carr are among just five young college and university leavers helped into work by Forestry Roots - a unique partnership launched this year between the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the ALA Green Charitable Trust.
The project, now in its second year, brings college and university leavers together with employers to begin their careers, helping to address acknowledged skills gaps within forestry and woodland management and giving young people access to real jobs at market rate wages. All employers are RFS members, committed to high quality training and career development.
Successful applicants are awarded a one-year paid job which may lead to permanent employment. During their Forestry Roots year, the young foresters also receive 10 days Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training to qualify for the RFS Certification in Forestry.
Sam and Isaac both graduated from Myerscough with a Level 3 Diploma in Arboriculture in the summer. Sam Cain takes on the role of Assistant Wood Reeve, at the Tregothnan Estate, Kent, while Isaac Carr will be an Assistant Forest Worker, at the Westacre Estate, Norfolk.
Adam Pickles, RFS Future Foresters Officer, said: “With the support of the ALA Green Charitable Trust, we are delighted to have been able to expand the scheme from four places to five this year and thank all those RFS members who offered meaningful posts to help young people take the first steps in their forestry careers. We wish all this year’s Forestry Roots holders the very best and we will be following their progress with interest.”
ALA Green Charitable Trust Trustees said: “The Forestry Roots project has enjoyed a most successful 1st year. We are delighted that permanent positions have been secured by participants and our thanks go to all those involved in promoting the careers of young people in such a diverse and exciting sector.
“Moving forward with the RFS, we are excited to build on this success with future candidates.”
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by Dave Salmon