Expectations of graduate trainees

What we expect from you

Updated 17th November 2022

You will need to persuade us throughout the application process that this would be the ideal programme and career for you and that you are the best choice for us.

These are the skills and abilities which we would expect you to have already or be able to demonstrate that you have the potential to develop.


Show pride and passion for public service. Create and engage others in delivering a shared vision. Value difference, diversity and inclusion, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all.

Making effective decisions

Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.

Communicating and influencing

Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.

Working together

Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.

Changing and improving

Seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. Review ways of working, including seeking and providing feedback.

Managing a quality service

Deliver service objectives with professional excellence, expertise and efficiency, taking account of diverse customer needs.

Additional expectations

From experience we know that you will also need to be prepared to:

  • work by yourself or in a team: think about how you will feel in these types of situations and if you have particularly strong preferences for either.
  • be flexible: you will need to move around the country to do your placements, which might include needing to relocate from home at the start and end of the programme. Please note there is no financial support for any move required to start on the programme but subsequent required business moves will be supported.
  • have strong interpersonal skills: you will need to interact positively and work effectively with others. Development of your interpersonal skills is a key goal of training and development within Forestry England. These skills include the areas of communication, listening, delegation of tasks and leadership.
  • be resilient: especially if moving away from friends and family, sometimes to a remote part of the country. Although we will do everything we can to support you, you do need to think about how you will manage under these circumstances.
  • learn new things: don’t underestimate the level of knowledge and understanding that you will need to acquire. You will have access to excellent training and development with 20% of your time allocated to this. However, you will need to be proactive about managing this.
  • understand data: you will need to digest, assimilate and interpret large quantities of new and complex information and data.

We don't expect you to know everything about us before you apply for this programme but we do expect you to research us so that you can genuinely show an interest in being part of the work we do.