What we expect

Updated 23rd November 2021

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 & 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 & 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.

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

Work by yourself or in a team so think about how you will feel in these types of work situation and if you have particularly strong preferences for either.

Be flexible when it comes to moving around the country to do your placements. You should also factor in the possibility of a relocation of your home at the start of the programme and at the end.  Please note there is no financial support for any move required to start on the programme but thereafter required business moves are supported.

Possess overall strong interpersonal skills: you will have a set of abilities enabling you 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 you have to move far 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.

Have the ability to digest, assimilate and interpret large quantities of new and complex information and data

We do not 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 what we do