Developing people through training
A Forestry Commission case study

Page 1: Introduction

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The Forestry Commission is a government department, making it a public sector organisation. Its mission is 'to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment '. It is Britain's largest land manager and is responsible for some of the UK's most spectacular landscapes. Over the last 20 years it has expanded Britain's woods by an area more...
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Page 2: Roles within the organisation

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A job role is made up of the tasks and responsibilities a person takes on at work. The Forestry Commission needs a wide range of skills and abilities to fulfil its variety of roles. People can join at different entry levels.  There are different levels of responsibility within the organisation. Murray Livingstone recently started a two-year apprenticeship with the Forestry Commission...
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Page 3: The importance of training

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Training provides the opportunity to gain or improve relevant skills or knowledge. The Forestry Commission invests heavily in a range of training essential for the organisation's growth and development: health and safety training, for example, in the safe use of equipment and pesticides. Regular refresher training is required under health and safety laws technical skills, such as how to...
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Page 4: Types of learning and training

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On-the-job 'On-the-job' training involves training at work. This is the best way of learning practical work based skills. The trainee learns by carrying out real work tasks under instruction from a colleague, trainer or manager. For foresters this includes how to plant new seedlings and protect them from the cold and heat. Methods include: coaching - the coach guides and instructs the...
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Page 5: Training in action

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A good way of looking at how training works at the Forestry Commission is to examine the training opportunities provided for Julie McMorran. The profile highlights how the training she has received has developed her career. Find careers with Forestry Commission
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Page 6: Conclusion

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People who work for the Forestry Commission perform a wide variety of jobs. They are all important in contributing to the overall aims and objectives of the organisation. To carry out their roles effectively they need training. Development helps them to grow as individuals and take on extra responsibility, which adds value to the organisation. The Forestry Commission's investment in training...
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