Trees and Timber
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 2 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 Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Levels 5 and 6. Their qualification will include:
Trees and Timber at SCQF Level 5
Trees and Timber at SCQF Level 6
To do SCQF Level 5, there are no set entry requirements, but candidates should be competent to complete the Level 2 SVQ.
To do SCQF Level 6, candidates must have one or more of the following:
the SCQF 5 Modern Apprenticeship
an SCQF Level 5 in Forestry or Arboriculture or an equivalent qualification
equivalent and relevant experience
At both levels, candidates should:
show commitment to a career in the Trees and Timber industry
enjoy working with trees and the environment
enjoy working outside
be prepared to attend off-the-job training
be able to acquire the broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding required in the Modern Apprenticeship
Progression and development
When they complete the SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship, candidates should be able to achieve positions such as:
general aboriculture worker
general forest worker
forestry establishment contract worker
forestry harvesting contract worker
They could also progress onto the Level 6 apprenticeship and into further education courses such as:
SVQ 3 Arboriculture
SVQ 3 General Woodland
Forestry and National Qualification Group Award
When they complete the SCQF Level 6 Modern Apprenticeship, candidates should be able to achieve positions such as:
lead ground worker
tree preservation officer
forestry establishment contractor
Those who wish to continue their development of skills and qualifications beyond the apprenticeship could progress to Higher Education courses such as:
forestry conservation and forest ecosystems
forestry and woodland management
sustainable forest management
How does it work?
Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.
Cost and funding
We contribute towards training costs
We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.
The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.
An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.
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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.
How long will it take?
It will take 12 to 24 months to complete.