A global study on employment in the forest sector and relating to forestry will provide insight to the future labour market for forestry students. It will utilize the strong networks of all three partners to gather and systematize global knowledge from complementary perspectives. The study will begin with a systematic review of recent changes in employment and education complemented by explorative interviews with experts from science, education and business, a global survey among students and recent graduates, and interviews with employers. A special focus will be placed on so-called “green jobs”. The study will result in a joint concluding paper, as well as reports from the different workshops and activities. It will create a clearer picture of the future of work and required skills and competencies in a transforming forest sector while identifying gaps, all with a unique focus on the students/future employees’ perspective.
Capacity building and student engagement in science policy processes make up an integral part of the project. Early involvement in science policy processes and exposure to international networks not only increases students understanding of science-policy interactions, but also better integrates youth contributions and perspectives while preparing individuals for future leadership.
This project is a collaboration between EFI, IFSA and IUFRO.
Read the news item about the project launch here.