Female students encouraged to apply for hi-tech opportunities

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is encouraging female students to apply for two hi-tech placements that will improve their future employment prospects.

The move is part of a national Scottish Government drive to attract more women into the technology and science sectors, as well as helping address the gender imbalance in the workplace.

The three-month placements, which are open to male and female applicants, will see successful candidates work with FES’s Geographical Information Systems (GIS) team, which uses state-of-the-art technology to support forestry and land management operations across the country.
Jo Ellis, Head of Planning & Environment with Forest Enterprise Scotland said:

“Forestry is no longer only about chainsaws and checked shirts – it’s a career which also offers a fantastic opportunity to develop skills using the latest technology available.

“Our highly skilled GIS team supports operations, planning, environment and engineering teams right across Scotland. It’s a challenging technical role and a superb chance for students wishing to further their opportunities in the science and technology sector.

“As an employer, we are keen to encourage more women to see forestry as a rewarding career with progression opportunities right to the top.”

In the general workplace, staff with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are becoming harder to employ, with more than one in four employers reporting difficulties in recruitment.

Only around 25 per cent of STEM jobs are filled by women which jeopardises Scotland’s ability to be at the forefront of innovation.

Finding suitable graduate recruits is also proving a problem with one in five employers struggling to take on new employees.

Forest Enterprise Scotland employs around 950 staff across Scotland, with around a third being female. Approximately 50 per cent of the organisation’s Graduate Development Programme are women.

The student placements are based in Edinburgh and Inverness and run from June to August 2018. Forest Enterprise Scotland is working with Equate Scotland, which is the national expert in gender equality through the STEM sectors.


Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.