Women Encouraged into Scottish Forestry Jobs
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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