A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a CAD $12,000 bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients.
Award winners, chosen from student and graduate applicants in partner countries Canada and the UK, gain valuable professional experience through an international work placement. Previous Award placements have taken UK students to the Algonquin Forest Authority, Ontario, and Strategic Natural Resource Consultants in British Columbia.
Now in its third year, the Award is a partnership initiative between The Prince of Wales’ Duchy of Cornwall and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) in the UK, and the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF/IFC) in Canada, funded by TD Bank. It recognises students and recent graduates who are actively engaged in forestry or natural resource management and who have a passion for the environment.
2015 UK winner David Johnes, described is unique Canadian experience, saying:
“The places we got to work were pretty amazing, we got to use helicopters, boats and trucks, and do things I never would have imagined back in the UK. I have been to places no one else would go, and the thought of that is pretty cool. I have made a great group of friends in Port McNeill and I have gained new experiences that I wouldn’t have had access to before. I have even worked in Bella Bella in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest!”
Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF Executive Director, noted that for UK recipients, this was career-enhancing award that would open doors in a now-booming UK forestry sector. Encouraging students and graduates to apply, she said:
“The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a fantastic initiative that offers exceptional students and graduates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for international forestry work experience. With a billion-pound forestry sector in the UK, which is crying out for fresh talent, it presents a unique learning experience and competitive advantage for future employment opportunities. The Institute is delighted to working with the Duchy of Cornwall, CIF/IFC and TD bank to promote this award.”
For eligibility criteria and information on how to apply, visit www.charteredforesters.org/forest-leaders. Applications are now being accepted by CIF/IFC before the deadline of 11:59pm Eastern Time - December 31, 2016.