The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced that it has secured a £400,000 funding package from the Government through the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP).
Set up in 2011, the EOP is a competitive fund open to employers, to invest in their current and future workforce in England. Its aim is to raise skills, create jobs, and drive enterprise and economic growth.
In what is considered a major industry coup, the ICF’s successful bid will enable new approaches to growth for England’s forestry sector and support business-led groups to deliver training and development in an innovative manner that employers may not otherwise be able to access or afford. The project will be open to all in the sector, not just ICF members.