Trees and Timber

Modern Apprenticeship


What's Trees and Timber like?

Do you love nature and want to play a key role in protecting one of Scotland’s most valuable renewable resources? This apprenticeship teaches the necessary skills for success in the trees and timber industry. 

The sector covers:

  • forest and woodland management

  • environmental research

  • conservation training

  • a wide range of other roles that safeguard and preserve Scotland’s forests

You’ll develop a deep understanding of forestry protection and management techniques. In addition, you can work in areas of outstanding natural beauty across the length and breadth of Scotland.  

Whether you’re looking to work as a forester or educate others about our natural world, there's a wide range of opportunities available. Protect delicate woodland ecosystems as a forest supervisor. Revitalise damaged industrial land as a community forester. Ensure sustainable development as an arboriculture surveyor. 

However you see your career in this industry progressing, this apprenticeship is designed to equip you with the long-term skills that employers need in this sector.


Entry requirements

There are no formal education requirements to begin this apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5. You can improve your chances of a successful application by showing an enthusiasm for the industry and a desire to learn the broad range of skills necessary to complete the course. 

If you apply at SCQF Level 6, you should have:

  • previous work experience placements

  • a relevant qualification, such as the SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber

How does it work?

You’ll learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. You’ll also study with a college or another learning provider. 

How long will it take?

This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12 months to complete at SCQF Level 5 and 18 months to complete at SCQF Level 6.

How to apply

Use the 'Find vacancies near you' search at the end of this page to look for vacancies, then you can apply online.

You'll apply on or the company’s own website – there are details on the vacancy advert.

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