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Woodland Skills training programme

The Woodland Skills training programme is a combination of practical on-site learning experiences and talks from industry professionals on a range of topics relating to woodland creation, tree care and land management. It is free to attend but you must apply and be selected onto the programme first.

What is it?

The woodland Skills training programme is designed to help adults who want to work with trees and woodlands to gain skills and experience that might lead to employment, training or volunteering.

Workshops will include information about career pathways and practical skills to help increase your employability in the field. These will be delivered by experts from the National Trust, Bristol City Council, British Natural History Consortium, Forest of Avon Trust and Bristol Avon Rivers Trust to name a few.

Participants will be encouraged to create their own self-directed career plan. They will receive help with CV writing, interview skills and resources to support next steps into employment, volunteering or further training. 

Throughout the 6-month programme, there will be opportunities to meet people working in a range of jobs across the sector and/or to shadow our staff and volunteers in a range of activities relating to Woodland Creation, heritage and outreach.

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Who’s it for?

Participants suited to this programme will be:

  • Living in the West of England
  • Not yet in a paid job within the green sector
  • Looking to work in the green sector now or in the future
  • Able to dedicate approximately 2-4 days a month to the programme (flexible times)
  • Over the age of 18

We are particularly keen to hear from those who identify when any of the following: 

  • Unemployed people of all ages
  • People having taken a career break and now looking to retrain
  • 19-24 year olds
  • People who have volunteered with Avon Needs Trees  and are looking for more
  • Those who have faced barriers to accessing environmental jobs – which might be due to race, sexual orientation, caring responsibilities, income or disability.

Read our Woodland Skills FAQ’s to see how we are making the programme accessible.

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When will it happen?

Avon Needs Trees’ Woodland Skills programme will run throughout 2024.

Group 1: January – June 2024 
Group 2: July- December 2024

Applications are now closed.

There will be one workshop a month, usually on a Thursday or Friday with some opportunities to join online evening talks and weekend events.

Please take a look at the list of confirmed workshop dates and locations before applying.

We can host groups at our office space in Gloucester Road, Bristol, at our woodland sites and we will be arranging visits to other local sites across the Bristol-Avon area too.


How do I apply?

Applications have now closed for Group 1

When open, applications can be submitted by a short application form online.

Please read our privacy policy before you begin so you know how your data will be handled.

We appreciate it if you can complete an anonymous equalities form as well. This will not be linked to your application in any way.

If you need an alternative format please email or call 07709 086 434.

The deadline for applications is: Wednesday 6th December 2023 at 5pm.

Not everyone who applies will get a place on the programme. Successful applicants will be notified before 21st December 2023.

If you need more info to help you apply, or would like to check the dates of each workshop, please read our Woodland Skills FAQ’s.

Woodland Creation Manager Alister Wynn, first got involved with ANT as a volunteer. Image - Ecosulis

Building on success

Avon Needs Trees has already gone on to employ two people who started out as volunteers with us, and there are several others who have progressed to jobs at the Wildlife Trusts, Forest of Avon Trust or who have set up their own enterprises offering specialist skills.

Will you be our next success story?

The Woodland Skills Training Programme is possible thanks to funding from West of England Combined Authority (WECA).