The Forestry Skills Training Scheme (2018-2020) provides financial support for projects which instruct current and future forestry workers on key issues in the sector such as establishing forests, forestry management and health and safety.
Projects have a strong emphasis on practical experience and provide relevant and up-to-date training.
How to qualify
In order to get funding, applicants must show:
the course is relevant in terms of contributing to forest sector needs
the training institution would not be in a position to fund the course without the support of the Department
the course is relevant to the students who will be trained and that they have not already received this training
Where these criteria are not met, the application will not be evaluated further and the proposal will be turned down.
Applicants must also outline:
quality and experience of individuals proposed to deliver course content
track record in delivering similar courses
qualification received, formally recognised by the wider industry
health and safety content
The call for proposals is aimed at training students registered on full-time forestry programmes at QQI Level 5 and above. Examples would be the Level 5 Certificate in Forestry, Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Forestry or Level 8 Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Forestry. The Department may seek confirmation that students participating in the course are registered as full-time students.
Depending on the budget available, not all proposals evaluated will be funded. Where the budget is exceeded, proposals will be shortlisted based on a points system.
The Department may also decide to offer funding which is less than the amount sought or turn down one course in the proposal but fund another.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Marks to be awarded
Quality and experience of individuals proposed to deliver course content
Track record in delivering similar courses
Qualification received, formally recognised by the wider industry, (Y- 100% of marks awarded, N – 0 marks awarded)
Health and safety content (course content should be included where appropriate highlight Health and safety aspects)
Funding will be approved on an annual basis for the coming year. Therefore approval in one year does not guarantee funding for the other remaining years.