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Forestry and Arboriculture Apprenticeship Providers

An apprenticeship is a real job which is combined with training which allows you to earn while you gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships vary in length but current Forestry & Arb apprenticeships take between 1 – 3 years to complete. While apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England, there are different entry requirements depending on the sector, job and level of apprenticeship.

below you will find details of organistaions providing apprenticeships within the forestry and urban forestry sector. To find out more about the apprenticeship schemes listed you will need to contact the organisations directly using the details/links provided.

 

Askham Bryan College

This Intermediate Apprenticeship consists of the Work-Based Diploma at Level 2 which is completed during block weeks in College while students are employed in the industry. Appliants will need to find a suitable work placement where they can experience a range of forestry jobs, form fencing and planting to moto-manual felling and extraction. Opportunities exist to take additional qualifications specific to the role, such as first aid and pesticide application, but additional charges may apply for these.


 

Bedford College, Bedfordshire

his Apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of arboriculture duties, which can be applied to a broad section of tree-related operations in a commercial or residential environment. Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes: you work and get paid to gain industry qualifications. This course will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a College course. This Apprenticeship will take up to two years to complete, and you will normally be required to attend College for one day per week.


 

Bicton College

Bicton College is a leading land-based college set within an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Devon. The grounds comprise 200 hectares of open parkland and rolling countryside; a majestic Georgian manor house overlooks the beautiful lake and sits alongside the latest in modern facilities and equipment. Bicton College is located a mere five minutes from the south coast with its selection of beaches, towering cliffs and seaside towns, and twenty minutes from the regional capital of Exeter.


 

Bridgwater College

These courses are ideal for those who are already working in the arboriculture industry or those looking to enter employment within the industry.  You will require an employer where you will work during the week.The course has a strong practical focus supported by key theoretical aspects. If you have an interest in trees, woodlands or timber production then this course is ideal for gaining a craft level qualification or develop leadership and management skills and are aspiring to become team leaders in the industry. 


 

Capel Manor College

The aim of our Intermediate and Advnaced Apprenticeship's in Trees and Timber is to give you an opportunity to gain confidence, learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the industry. You will cover: climbing, aerial rescue, chainsaw use, tree felling, health and safety, machinery use and using a chainsaw from a rope and harness. You will gain self-esteem, confidence and those on the advanced apprenticeship will gain higher level technical knowledge to complement and increase your employment opportunities at a supervisory level within the industry.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship will last for a minimum of one year. Training is delivered at the College through a series of one-week blocks, occurring on average every six weeks, combined with training, experience and assessment in the work-place. 

The Advanced Apprenticeship will last for a minimum of one year. Training is delivered at the College two-days a week every six weeks, combined with training, experience and assessment in the work-place.


 

Derby College, Derby

If you’re interested in a career in arboriculture and forestry management, our courses give you a thorough grounding in both the science and the practice. You will develop your abilities through practical tasks in woodlands at Broomfield Hall and other rural settings. 


 

Hereford & Ludlow College

As an apprentice, the nature of your work will depend on your employer. Working for a small company could mean you handle a wide range of responsibilities - alternatively, working for a large company might mean you have a more specialised role. Skills taught could include preparing sites, planting trees and providing appropriate protection and maintenance, operating a chainsaw, felling and harvesting material, processing timber and disposal of residues, maintaining machines and equipment used in forestry and arboriculture. You may also learn to climb, perform aerial rescue and operate a chainsaw from a rope and harness. Apprenticeships are a well-respected and recommended route into this sector.


 

Kingston Maurward College, Dorset

This course is ideal for those who are looking to progress their career in Arboriculture and take the next step to becoming a supervisor or chargehand. You will build a portfolio of evidence at college and in the workplace with project based assessments on industry subjects. This course can also be done as part of an apprenticeship (contact us for details).

Learn via initial training at college, followed by additional assessment at your place of work. Introduction to Arboriculture can be run in conjunction with the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship scheme. You will build a portfolio of evidence at college and in the workplace. The completion of your portfolio will typically take between 12-18 months depending upon your skills and experience.

Learn via training at college, followed by additional assessment at your place of work and completion of projects based on industry subjects. Advanced Arboriculture can be run in conjunction with the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship scheme. You will build a portfolio of evidence at college and in the workplace. The completion of your portfolio will typically take between 18-24 months depending upon your skills and experience.


 

Merrist Wood College, Surrey

This Apprenticeship's covers the main occupations within the trees and timber industry. This industry includes the establishment, care, maintenance and management of trees, woodlands and forests, as well as the production of wood and timber products. Trees are one of the world’s major natural resources, and an essential part of the environment. The course content includes tree and plant species: characteristics and identification; timber mensuration and measurement; first aid; health and safety; functional skills: Maths or English. On the job training will include identifying different species; tree health; safe use of equipment; practical skills.


 

Northumberland College, Kirkley Hall Campus

This qualification is part of the Apprenticeship in Trees and timber. An Apprenticeship is an excellent way to earn money whilst gaining hands on practical work experience. It is a work-related, competence-based qualification, and is designed for someone in work or who wishes to progress into work. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and shows that you are competent in the area of work the qualification represents. If you've been employed in the industry for a while and don't have a formal qualification, an apprenticeship is an ideal route for you!


 

Plumpton College, Sussex

There are three pathways in the Trees and Timber apprenticeship: Arboriculture (the cultivation and management of trees), General Woodland and Forestry, and Forestry Greenwood Trades, which covers harvesting and coppicing timber. The Trees and Timber industry is concerned with the care and maintenance of trees grown for a wide variety of purposes such as those growing in our parks and gardens; trees in special collections (arboreta) as well as harvesting for timber. You will also train towards a CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance certificate.

      Arboriculture 

      Forestry - Harvesting

      Forestry – Greenwood Trades


 

Sparsholt College, Hampshire

Providing evidence of your skills and knowledge plus essential competence certificates, the apprenticeship in Trees and Timber provides the foundation for a career in arboriculture or forestry. Whether starting out, or experienced but needing to formally recognise your skills, the apprenticeship provides a complete programme to open opportunities in all areas of this sector.


 

Warwickshire College Group, Pershore and Moreton Morrell

The Work Based Diploma in Trees & Timber forms the main element of the Apprenticeship framework and is a Nationally Recognised Qualification. It is a work related, competence-based qualification and reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively and shows that the learner is competent in the area of work the qualification represents.

The course is aimed at Trees and Timber enthusiasts, ideally with some previous Trees and Timber experience.


 

Industry apprenticeship providers

We employ apprentices in various forest districts across Scotland working toward a two-year level 3 Trees & Timber Modern Apprenticeship in either harvesting or forest establishment.

Apprentices undergo a mixture of formal training, practical work experience, informal on-the-job training as well as studying toward their SVQ qualification. The majority of formal training is carried out by our  Learning & Development team in a forest environment. Apprentices do not attend a Further Education College on block release.


 

The National Coppice Apprenticeship Scheme

The National Coppice Apprenticeship Scheme is a partnership between Small Woods and the Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust. The scheme, and the Coppice Diploma that carries his name, were developed by BHMAT with inspiration from the life and work of the late Cumbria coppice merchant Bill Hogarth. 

The Bill Hogarth MBE Memorial Apprenticeship Trust offers a 3 year apprenticeship scheme covering a variety of skills related to coppice work for those who want to pursue a career in the coppice industry.


 

British Association of Horse Loggers 

The British Horse Loggers Charitable Trust invites applications from aspiring apprentices for a funded three year horse logging apprenticeship.