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South Region’s Apprentices powering ahead - Forestry and Land Scotland

Photo l to r: Shaun Hunter, Euan Sneddon, Jamie Wallace, Ben Sinden, Javin Hannah, Sabrina Smith, Alexander Austin.

Trainees in the south of Scotland are going from strength to strength under Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Modern Apprentice programme.

Already six out of the seven Modern Apprentices have secured full time jobs in the forestry sector. All seven are all fully certified and achieved level 5 in a SCQF Trees and Timber qualification.

In addition, three of the Modern Apprentices have been shortlisted for the prestigious Lantra Learner of the Year awards, to be announced this week.

Forestry and Land Scotland’s South Region manager Sallie Bailey said: “During Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020 (2-6 March) I’m really pleased to welcome this news about our apprentices. I know that every individual has worked hard during their apprenticeships and we are all delighted that careers are being founded within Forestry and Land Scotland. Modern Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to bring new blood into the forestry sector and equip people with life skills that they can take with them in future years. I hope that our work to help train up the apprentices will also act as a catalyst for others in the forestry sector to offer these fantastic opportunities for young people.”

The Modern Apprentices have been based within Forestry and Land Scotland’s South Region since 2018. During their apprenticeship, the trainees learn practical forestry skills on the job but also studied through the SRUC Barony College.

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