Example of windblow in the uplands – just outside of Moffat.

Foresight Sustainable Forestry: Skills Training Programme – Scotland

Tilhill, the UK’s leading provider of nature based solutions and Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company, the UK’s first listed natural capital investment company, is delighted to announce that the fully funded 2023  Sustainable Forestry Skills Training Programme- Scotland is now open for applications.

Please apply using the application form further down.

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the Foresight Sustainable Forestry Skills Training Programme and be part of reshaping the future of our environment and the forest industry.

Working in partnership with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in Barony, Dumfries to deliver the programme, local candidates in Scotland will receive fully funded three weekly training sessions which will include Lantra approved certification forestry-related activities. The syllabus will include tree planting, PA1 and PA6, harvesting simulator training, tractor driving, chainsaw skills, first aid training and much more.

About you

No training, experience or previous qualifications are necessary. We’re looking for candidates over 18 years old based in Scotland who are highly motivated, driven, enthusiastic, reliable and adaptable.  This would be perfect for candidates within agriculture, farming or contractor-based roles who want to start a career locally within the forestry sector.


  • All course costs including assessments where required, accommodation, travel, essential PPE and kit will be fully funded, including any compensation for loss of earnings on completion of each training block
  • Successful candidates will be assigned a mentor to advise on the development of their forestry career. Trainees may work as a formed team, as individuals or be placed with an existing approved contractor based on assessment of their capabilities by Tilhill.
  • Upon completion of the course there will be the option to apply for any available Tilhill vacancies.
  • A certificate of training will be presented on completion of the training scheme.

The progamme training will take place:

Week 1: 7th August- 11th August (+ Saturday 12th August)

Week 2: 14th August- 18th August (+ Saturday 19th August)

Week 3: 21st August – 25th August

We have included simulator training specific to harvesting on this course. This is a great opportunity for anyone who has a real passion for the industry the three week course is intensive. We have managed to fit a lot of key skills & knowledge into a small window. We will also issue a SRUC certificate of attendance for the whole course, and the Lantra certification provides the delegates with their ticket.’

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Application Form