Institute announces accreditation of three sector graduate programmes

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Professional & Educational Standards Committee convened on the 18 May 2023 to approve the accreditation of graduate schemes offered by Savills UK, Scottish Woodlands, and Tilhill. Successful completion of the respective graduate schemes now offers individuals two additional Professional Membership Entry (PME) qualifying points, meaning graduates without an […]

Institute’s Executive Director speaks at Westminster Employer Forum

Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Louise Simpson, spoke at the Westminster Employment Forum’s recent keynote seminar – ‘Green skills – next steps for policy, and priorities for education and training, businesses, and the workforce’ on Tuesday 23 May. With the UK Government’s commitment to the creation of two million green jobs by […]

Notice of Arboriculture Fatality

On behalf of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group, we regret to announce that a member of public was killed when a tree fell onto their car in Buckinghamshire last month. We want to take this opportunity to remind members to ensure your organisation and staff are undertaking regular training […]

Institute interviewed about skills crisis on BBC Radio 4

Our October 2021 position paper to governments across the UK detailed our serious concerns about the skills shortage in our sector, and its knock-on effect on achieving climate targets. This week Defra released their Environment Improvement Plan (EIP), which is the first revision of the 25 Year Environment Plan that was published in 2018. In […]

Professional & Educational Standards Committee vacancies

Two vacancies have arisen for membership of the Professional and Educational Standards Committee (PESC). Reporting to Council, this is the Institute committee that oversees the examinations and membership procedures, promotes professionalism among the members and oversees the CPD process. The Institute’s regulations stipulate that members serve for two years plus an additional two years if […]

Successful Scotland-based ‘Emerging Leader Programme’ Applicants

Ten forestry professionals, living and working in Scotland, have been welcomed onto the Institute of Chartered Forester’s ‘Emerging Leader Programme’ with places funded by Scottish Forestry. Beginning in January 2023, the programme offers a fantastic opportunity for those who work and volunteer with trees to develop the skills necessary to ensure trees, forests and woodlands […]

Call for apprenticeship assessors

Along with other organisations, the Institute has worked hard to develop a number of apprenticeships across the sector. As they are launched and students enrol, the training providers require external experts who are able to carry out assessment of students’ abilities following the End Point Assessment criteria. If you are interested in becoming one of […]

Scottish Forestry to fund up to ten places on ICF Emerging Leader Programme

Following the launch of the Institute of Chartered Forester’s (ICF) Emerging Leader Programme, we’re delighted to announce that Scottish Forestry (SF) has agreed to fund up to ten places on the course for tree professionals living and working in Scotland. The six-month programme is designed to help emerging leaders in the sector build their leadership […]

Institute contributes to new report on forestry skills and education

Finding Forestry: Creating a space that enables growth, communication and connection for the forestry sector in the UK   In response to the ongoing skills crisis in the sector, Inverness College (University of the Highlands and Islands) recently published the report, Finding Forestry, as part of a scoping study to explore a new UK forestry […]

Policy Roundup – June 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News On 14 June we met with Scotland’s Education Minister Jamie Hepburn to talk about the skills crisis and how we can resolve it. We were joined by Chief Forester Helen McKay FICFor […]