Up to 300 forestry and arboriculture students, apprentices and ‘new starters’ are expected to come together in October for a unique Future Foresters Skills Day which will introduce them to some of the most advanced thinking and technologies in the sector.
Sponsored by City and Guilds, Sorbus International, Haglof of Sweden and the Forestry Commission, the Royal Forestry Society’s 2nd National Student Conference and Demo Day is being held at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire on Friday 4 October aimed at FE, HE, post grad students, apprentices and those who may have just started work.
Morning speakers will take a student-centred view of the challenges facing today’s future foresters in the jobs market and in their careers. The afternoon will see hands on demonstrations by some of the biggest names in the industry.
Participating colleges will also have the chance to win £2000 of Haglof equipment.
RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd says: “This conference is back by popular demand, building on the very successful conference on 2017. It is a unique opportunity for colleges and employers to bring future foresters together in a forum which is dedicated to their early and future careers. We are enormously grateful to all our sponsors for helping us put on such a special event with ticket prices that are set at just £7.50 a head to help maximise the numbers of students that colleges can send. ”
Mike Johnston, Vice Principal at The Bedford College Group, which incorporates Shuttleworth College, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Royal Forestry Society to host their second national conference at our Shuttleworth campus in October for students from across the UK to find out more about the industry and what is next for them once they complete their training. We are committed to working with industry experts to ensure our students gain the skills they require to progress into their chosen careers and look forward to learning more at this year’s conference.”
City and Guilds Industry Manager Dr Robin Jackson explains:“ City & Guilds has been at the forefront of skills development since 1978 and is delighted to be able to support the Royal Forestry Society’s Future Foresters Skills Day, through sponsorship from our NPTF Fund.
“This conference and exhibition will bring together those students who have an interest in the management of our treescape and woodland environment and introduce them to the current and emerging skills and technologies necessary for them to play an active role. This Skills Day will allow students to engage directly with a wide range of industry stakeholders and City & Guilds very much look forward to welcoming all attendees on the day.”
Sorbus Int Director Phil Wade said:
Sorbus & Haglof are proud to be supporting the second RFS Future Foresters Skills Day. A career for students in forestry and arboriculture is very rewarding, providing a high degree of job satisfaction and the opportunity to forge ahead in their chosen profession by applying the more technical aspects involved.
Steve Fowkes added: “Forestry Commission England is excited to be supporting the Future Foresters Skills Day, which brings together the best and brightest of the next generation of our forestry workforce for a stimulating, educational and entertaining event.”
Booking and further details are available at www.rfs.org.uk/events/ by following the conferences links.