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Rural careers get a boost in Northumberland

A special careers event in northern Northumberland is further evidence of a rural economic revival that may have a significant impact on the county as a whole.

The Growing Rural Careers Initiative (GRCI) aims to stimulate employment in land-based economic sectors. It has been reported that about half the working population in the north of Northumberland already participates in this part of the economy.

A unique event will be held to promote interest in activities like forestry, which is already a big employer with approximately 1,500 individuals working in the sector in the region.

However, the Renewal Heat Incentive policy is one reason why the industry is poised for expansion. Further, growth in sustainable timber production could lead to more woodblock flooring in Liverpool.

Philippa Secombe, a project manager for the GRCI, has told The Journal:

“This really is a unique opportunity for young people to meet three large local employers, and see what they do and what the forestry industry has to offer. They are established companies, who provide long-term sustainable careers.”

The potential employees will be given the chance to see the harvesting of forest areas. They will also have the opportunity to look at a wood yard when it is in operation. The event will not cost those who attend anything, as transport will be provided.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has suggested that in the future rural economies will benefit from planned infrastructural improvements. The forestry sector already contributes about £40 million to the local economy.

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