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Women Encouraged into Scottish Forestry Jobs

Posted by | 26th June 2015 | Across Scotland, Landbased, Lantra, Uncategorized

A £300,000 initiative to encourage more women to consider forestry as a career is being launched at the Royal Highland Show.

Four of the top public sector jobs in this field are now held by women but only 30% of the workforce in the Forestry Commission is female.

The Scottish government is introducing a variety of schemes.
They include a skills programme with hands-on forestry training for young women.

More than 80 women have already been trained but the extra funding will support another 20 female trainees.

Lesley Stalker, a woodland warden with the Forestry Commission, began as an apprentice two years ago. Before that she was a beautician.

“It was something completely different to anything I’d done before,” she said.

‘Make a difference’

“I enjoy being outdoors, I enjoy trying to make a difference and I think there are so many green space areas out here that not a lot of people know about.

“It’s trying to get the local communities involved, letting them see what’s on their doorstep and trying to make a difference for them as well.”

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