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Forestry Ambassador Programme encourages careers in forestry

The Forestry Ambassador Programme is run by Forestry Careers Ireland and is one of the 15 projects funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). Photo: Na Urchin.

The programme aims to increase awareness of the important benefits of forestry, and of forestry as a career option, through a series of presentations by Forestry Ambassadors throughout schools in Ireland.

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20 November 2019 | 0

Andrew Doyle, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), launched the Forestry Ambassador Programme in Avondale Community College, County Wicklow during Science Week 2019, which aims to promote forestry as a career option for second-level pupils.

The Forestry Ambassador Programme is run by Forestry Careers Ireland and is one of the 15 projects funded by DAFM under the department’s 2019 call for proposals for forestry promotion.

The programme aims to increase awareness of the important benefits of forestry, and of forestry as a career option, through a series of presentations to be delivered on a voluntary basis, by experienced forestry professionals in schools throughout Ireland.

The programme has recruited a number of experienced forestry professionals named Forestry Ambassadors, who will make presentations to senior cycle students throughout the country; outlining the benefits of forests, the science behind growing forests, and the various career opportunities that the forestry profession offers, drawing from their own careers and experience.

“I am very pleased to launch this project, aimed at encouraging young people to consider a career in forestry. The focus of Science Week is on climate change and forestry is an important part of the government’s response under the Climate Action Plan. I know that young people are acutely aware of the climate emergency we face and are more than prepared to play their part in finding solutions”, said Minister Doyle.

Forestry Careers Ireland

Forestry Careers Ireland was established to develop initiatives which promote careers in the forest sector and is made up of representatives from the Society of Irish Foresters, DAFM, Coillte, VEON Ltd, Teagasc, University College Dublin (UCD), Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), and Ballyhaise College.

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