Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.
Working as a forester incorporates the art, science and practice of woodland establishment, maintenance and management, and timber harvesting. Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) will be topical in the training and a focus on how learners can introduce carbon management and carbon foot printing and the tools required to help the industry achieve farm NET ZERO will be covered. Learners will identify the main forest and woodland tree species.
On completion learners will better understand the timber supply chain including the roles of the Landowner, Forest Works Manager, Contractor and Agent. We will teach how to prepare sites for planting and/or natural regeneration including: maintain and repair open drainage systems, fencing and boundary features and infrastructure. Learners will also plant and care for trees as well as carrying out maintenance of chainsaw and cross-cut of felled timber to prepare for assessments at a later date.
In this course you will learn about:
- Woodland walk; Identification of tree species; Understanding of the timber supply chain including the roles of the Landowner, Forest Works Manager, Contractor and Agent; Carbon management and carbon foot printing.
- Repairing open drainage systems; Fencing and boundary features and infrastructure; Safe working; Use of tools and equipment.
- Preparing sites for planting and/or natural regeneration; Impact of woodland management practices on soil health.
- Planting and caring for trees; Methodologies used to test for soil organic matter and carbon.
- Chainsaw maintenance; Cross-cutting of felled timber.
- Understanding Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS); Financial modelling to understand how a potential government payment system for protecting or improving soil health and carbon sequestration might work.
Please note: This course is a fully funded course for those eligible under the Skills Bootcamp scheme. Please contact us for more information.
What are the entry requirements?
This course is available to all adults with the right to live in the UK, aged 19+ who are either:
- *Employed (where the course could lead to your employer offering a new or enhanced role.)
- or self-employed (where the course would support in taking on new opportunities or contracts)
- career changers/returners/redeployed
- unemployed within the last 12 months
What can I expect to learn during the course?
Working as a forester incorporates the art, science and practice of woodland establishment, maintenance and management, and timber harvesting. Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) is a key topic, with a focus on carbon management and carbon foot printing. On completion, learners will better understand the main forest and woodland tree species, the timber supply chain including the roles of the Landowner, Forest Works Manager, Contractor and Agent, how to prepare sites for planting and/or natural regeneration, how to plant and care for trees as well as carrying out maintenance of chainsaw and crosscut felled timber.
Do I have to pay anything?
No, the course is free to those who are eligible, however, those who are already in employment need to have an employer who wishes for the employee to upskill, and they may be liable for some contribution towards delivery costs. Eligibility will be discussed at interview but if you have any questions, please contact Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
What employment or career will the course help to prepare me for?
After completing this course, you will have knowledge and skills that support you with progression in or as a new entrant to a career in the land and environment sector. This could be in Forestry, land or woodland management or environmental conservation.
When and where is the course taking place? How many days a week?
The course will be held at either our Bicton (Devon) or Duchy College, Stoke Climsland (Cornwall) campuses. The course will be run over two days each week for a total of 8 weeks. You will be required to attend the college in person for the two days each week. The course begins week commencing 7th February 2022 and finishes the week ending 28th March 2022.
How will the course be delivered?
The course will predominantly be face to face lectures and practicals onsite with an element of online learning which you can do from home. The course will be 104 hours of lectures spread over the 8 weeks and you will also be expected to do a minimum of 1 hour of self-directed study each week.
The course is a level 3 course which has been designed to meet the current and future employer demand for skills in this sector and will include assessments spread throughout the course. Some will be informal assessment to test your knowledge whilst others will count towards an overall pass rate.
At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity of an interview with an employer who has a vacancy in this sector.
Do I have to have any previous skills or experience?
There are no set entry requirements, but an interest in Forestry & Woodland Management is essential and previous skills or knowledge in this area would be an advantage as this is a level 3 course. Eligibility will be discussed during your interview
* A contribution towards the course fee from the employer is likely to be required