Richard Lochhead, far right, with forestry staff and apprentices
Almost 36 new apprenticeships are being created by Forestry Commission Scotland using an £840,000 grant.
The money from the European Structural Fund was announced by Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead during a visit to Laiken Forest, near Nairn.
The Scottish government wants to make 25,000 new apprenticeships available in each year of the current parliament.
Mr Lochhead said forestry was among traditional rural apprenticeships the government was supporting.
He added: "Forestry not only contributes £670m to Scotland's economy each year but also provides vital rural employment so it's important that we equip people with the skills they need for this industry.