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One of the ways we make sure Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) stays at the top of its game is to bring in ‘fresh blood’. After all, our staff are our most valuable asset.

We attract new people through a number of entrant programmes, one of which importantly includes apprenticeships.

Bringing in new, enthusiastic and young talent creates innovative teams within FLS and a vibrant place to work. This also has a positive effect on the forest industry as a whole.

During Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020 (2-6 March) many of Scotland’s industries are celebrating the diversity that makes work-based learning great for individuals, employers and the economy.

Last year we took on seven Modern Apprentices which are based in our North, East and West Regions. Already, through the UHI Scottish School of Forestry, they are working through or completed approved forestry qualifications which will set them up nicely in their careers.

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 Our seven Modern Apprentices in the south of Scotland have been working very hard since they joined back in 2018. They are a great crew and have achieved a level 5 SCQF qualifications in Trees and Timber during their studies at SRUC Barony College.

 Already, six out of the seven southern apprentices have found full time employment within the forestry sector – a great achievement.

Javin Hannah was formerly one of the South Region Modern Apprentices and has now secured a job within FLS. He said : “I strongly believe that the apprenticeship I have completed has created so many opportunities for self-development and for various career paths in this industry.

 “I have always strived to find a career working in the outdoors and once I found this apprenticeship advertised, I could not let the opportunity pass away.

 “Forestry and Land Scotland has helped me through a variety of courses which has given me the confidence to go about my work. I’ve worked with very supportive colleagues throughout my time – my apprenticeship was a great experience.  

 “My proudest achievement so far is managing to secure the role of Forest Management & Stewardship craftsperson in Newton Stewart. Without a doubt, this apprenticeship was a great way to start a career in forestry.”

 FLS is also thrilled to bits that four Modern Apprentices have been shortlisted for the prestigious Lantra Learner of the Year Awards this week – we wish all of them the best of luck!

We are also very proud of our four Forest Machine Operator apprentices which are based in our Newton Stewart office in Galloway.

 They’ve just completed their first year with us. Two are to continue their second year’s training in the private sector, one with us and the other within another industry. Another great success story for apprenticeships.

If you are a company keen to attract new and young talent, we would certainly recommend apprenticeships – you can find out more through