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This Modern Apprenticeship is offered at two levels. It’s suitable for those new to rural industries, and for existing employees who want to develop their skills. The apprenticeship supports a variety of roles in agriculture, forestry and woodland management, sporting use of land, renewable energies, tourism and leisure activities, residential and commercial property, and conservation management. The qualification helps employees work safely and effectively with minimum supervision.

Qualifications

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 5 in either:

  • Environmental conservation

Or

  • Estate maintenance.

 

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship but candidates should be motivated to learn and enjoy working outdoors.

Progression and development

On completing the apprenticeship, your employees with have the skills needed for the following types of roles:

  • Estate worker
  • Ranger
  • Conservation officer

They could also progress to further learning, including:

  • SCQF 6 Estate Maintenance
  • SCQF 7 Environmental Conservation
  • A higher education course in environmental science, ecology or rural land management

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

SCQF level 6-7

Your employee will study for a qualification in Rural Skills at SCQF level 6-7.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have completed Rural Skills apprenticeship SCQF level 5, or have equivalent qualifications of experience.

Progression and development

On completing the apprenticeship, your employees with have the skills needed for the following types of roles:

  • Access/recreation officer
  • Environmental management/officer
  • Senior ranger
  • Estate supervisor
  • Wildlife manager
  • Reserve manager

They could also progress to further learning, including:

  • Environmental conservation management
  • Environmental management and sustainability
  • Environmental science
  • A higher education course in environmental science, ecology or rural land management

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

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.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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