Find out about the Development Woodland Officer
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About the Development Woodland Officer
apprenticeship programme Recruitment for September 2022 apprenticeship is now closed. Subscribe to our eAlert to get updates for the 2023 recruitment programme. The Development Woodland Officer programme offers
Jointly led by the Forestry Commission, the University of Cumbria and the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the programme marks the first time that a degree-level forestry apprenticeship has been offered in the UK.
The Forestry Commission is looking for driven individuals who are eager to support ambitious tree planting plans and ensure our precious woods and forests continue to flourish for generations to come.
What does the programme involve?
Development Woodland Officers
- academic studies in forestry management at the University of Cumbria
- practical experience in area teams across England
- nine months of wider sector placements to further build skills and experience, enhancing future employment prospects
Upon completion of the programme, successful graduates will earn a Professional Forester Apprenticeship (equivalent to Level 6), a BSc (Hons)
in Forest Management
How to apply
Recruitment for September 2022 programme is now closed. Subscribe our eAlert
for the 2023
The first cohort of 15 Development Woodland Officers
Find out if you are eligible
The Development Woodland Officer
A Level 6 Apprenticeship is a degree level qualification. There is a strong academic element embedded into the programme.
Minimum entry requirements are:
- Mathematics - GCSE pass at grade C or 4 and above
- Minimum of 96 UCAS points - these can be made up in several ways
To check your qualifications, use the UCAS Tariff Calculator.
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Updated to reflect that the Professional Forester Apprenticeship programme is now open for applications for the 2024 programme.
Updated to reflect that the Professional Forester 2024 Apprenticeship programme will be opening for applications soon.
Update to minimum entry requirements to clarify the need for English GCSE pass at grade C or 4 and above.
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Updated to mark applications as closed.
The application window for our 2023 Development Woodland Officer programme is now open.
Recruitment for 2022 is now closed, sign up to our eAlert for information on 2023 recruitment.
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