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Promoting land based careers to young people

Champions

Young people involved in Lantra’s Industry Champions Initiative have continued developing their knowledge of land-based careers with a two-day visit to Forest Enterprise Scotland’s team in the South Region.

The eleven Champions, all previous finalists in Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards, were learning about forestry careers to hone their leadership skills that will help them inspire the next generation of learners.

Champions are involved in a variety of activities, including promoting sector careers, providing feedback to inform skills development and speaking at key stakeholder conferences and events about their learning journeys and job roles.

Emma Staniforth, an apprentice support manager with FES and herself a former Lantra Learner of the Year, took the champions and Lantra staff around a harvesting site in Ae Forest.

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Emma said;

“The visit was a great opportunity to help the Champions build on their knowledge and show them what forestry careers are all about. They got to see a harvester in operation and find out more about recreational forestry and the work taking place to control tree-related diseases.

“This experience - and their new-found knowledge - will help them to explain land-based careers to other young people, which is really important as we work to encourage more people to consider a working life in the great outdoors.

“As a current Industry Champion it was great to be able to pass on my knowledge of working in the trees and timber industry and to share my experiences as an apprentice, a recreational craftsperson and as apprentice support manager.

“It was also good to showcase our continued investment in apprenticeships.”

There are currently 30 Industry Champions from a variety of land-based industries.