Women in forestry funding for training

A fund to help Women in Forestry get access to training has become available again, thanks to Scottish Forestry and Lantra Scotland.

With the aim of supporting the personal development of women, the fund will provide them with additional skills to progress their careers and employment opportunities in forestry beyond their current role, and is available through a new web site managed by Lantra Scotland.

Ros Wardman MICFor, Forest Industries Advisor with Scottish Forestry, said: “It’s great to open up another round of this funding which was developed with the Scottish Forest and Timber Technologies group as a way to grow women’s participation in forestry careers and increase diversity in the sector”.

According to Dr Liz Barron-Majerik MBE MICFor, Lantra’s Scotland Director, the Scottish Government’s Women in Forestry fund will have an immediate and positive impact on the forestry industry.

She explained: “It has been widely recognised that women have been more impacted by the cost of living crisis. To support their access to the workplace which in turn will help support the resilience of our rural businesses in a challenging economic climate, we are delighted to be working with Scottish Government and Scottish Forestry on delivery of training funds.

We know that women are under-represented in forestry, and this fund is specifically designed to start addressing that imbalance. By making it easier for women to access relevant and high-quality training, our intention is for Scotland’s forestry workforce to become more representative of the population in general.”

Find out more at the Skills Hub.