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This Modern Apprenticeship helps you train employees in arboriculture, urban forestry, environmental forestry and research, or education and training in these fields. It’s offered at two levels, making it suitable for those new to working with trees and timber, as well as staff with experience who want to develop their skills further.
Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 5 in Trees and Timber. Example mandatory units include:
The candidate must achieve all mandatory units (8) and a minimum of 5 units from the optional list. The sector feels that those entering the industry via the level 2 Modern Apprenticeship should have an Emergency First Aid qualification (one day course) approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Plus, one other accredited, legislative and nationally recognised occupational test which is relevant to the industry.
There are no set entry requirements, but candidates should:
Following completion of the level 2 Modern Apprenticeship, candidates should be able to achieve positions in areas such as:
Learners completing the level 2 Trees and Timber Modern Apprenticeship will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Trees and Timber Modern Apprenticeship and into Further Education (FE) courses such as: SVQ 3 Arboriculture, SVQ 3 General Woodland and Forestry and National Qualification Group Award. They would also have the potential to also move onto Higher Education (HE). Some courses could include: arboriculture, arboriculture and urban forestry, arboriculture and tree care and forest siences.
Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 6 in Trees and Timber. Example mandatory units include:
The candidate must achieve all mandatory units (4) and a maximum of 6 units from the optional list. If the apprentice is undertaking the Level 3 MA following completion of the Level 2 MA in Trees and Timber then they will need to complete two different enhancements to those already achieved within the Level 2 MA. These could include:
Modern Apprentices must either hold:
Apprentices are expected to demonstrate that they are:
Following the completion of the Modern Apprenticeship, candidates will be able to maintain positions in areas such as:
For those who wish to continue their development of skills and qualifications beyond SCQF 6, opportunities exist to progress to Higher Education courses like: aboriculture, urban forestry, tree care, forest sciences, forestry, conservation and forest ecosystems, forestry and woodland management and sustainable forest management.
We contribute towards training costs
We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.
Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.
An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.
Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.
Who pays the apprentice?
Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.
It will take between 12-24 months to complete.
The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.
Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.0800 783 6000