East Devon: free course at Bicton tackles farming and woodland management skills shortages

A free course is being held in East Devon in January in a bid to tackle regional farming and woodland management skills shortages.

Bicton College is hosting the eight-week course, boosting farmland and woodland management.

The Train4Tomorrow course is a government-funded programme supporting adults with free training in the South West, in a bid to develop the in-demand skills required by industry.

In January Bicton College is running an eight-week Agri-Tech Woodland Management course.

There are no set entry requirements to take part, and the course is completely free.

Students over the age of 19 with an interest in forestry  and woodland management are invited to learn about woodland establishment, maintenance and management, timber harvesting and Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS), including carbon management, carbon foot printing and achieving farm Net Zero.

During the course learners will also plant and care for trees and learn chainsaw management skills.

Simone Tyrie, Train4Tomorrow employment and skills project coordinator, said: “The programme offers adults in the South West access to free and flexible training programmes with little or no experience required.

“The Agri-Tech technical skills bootcamps being held in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset have been developed with local employers in response to regional skills gaps and help to support people into secure and well-paid employment.

“As well as being free, the courses which run for an intensive eight weeks, mean people juggling employment, and or caring responsibilities can gain skills really quickly, and start putting them into practice as soon as they complete the course.”

To apply, or find out more about the free courses being held in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall, see here.

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