The arboricultural industry manages trees for their benefits and values in diverse urban and rural locations, from city parks and urban woodlands, to country estates and private gardens.
The work of an arborist involves diverse activities such as chainsaw work, pruning, dismantling and using appropriate machinery such as brushwood chipper, undertake aerial tree work but also ground-based. They do a range of tree work jobs with indirect supervision and are capable of supporting the tree work team across a range of basic technical skills.
What apprentices will learn
Using and maintaining a chainsaw
Felling and processing trees
Climbing trees using a rope and harness, and using elevated platforms
Recognising different types of trees and shrubs
Identifying and managing pests, diseases and tree defects
Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work
Level 2 award in safe use of brushwood chipper
Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D
Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance
Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw
Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm
Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness
Level 3 award in aerial tree rescue operations
Level 3 award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques
Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform
Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)
Level 1 in maths and English (if applicable)
A mix of online knowledge delivery and fortnightly practical learning at campus which will include skills and knowledge assessment and undertaking practical learning period qualifications. Quarterly workplace competency and efficiency observation and assessments.
End Point Assessment
A holistic project
Structured interview with an assessor
Multiple choice online knowledge test
Fail, Pass, Distinction
Training & Assessment Value
Maths and English assessment.
Job role suitability assessment.
To enrol onto an apprenticeship programme you need to be employed with a contract of employment. If you have an employer lined up or are already employed please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01273 892127 or via email.
If you do not currently have an employer please visit the main Apprenticeships page for guidance on how to find and apply for an apprenticeship opportunity or register for our Talent Bank service.
Typically 24 Months
You will have access to the latest equipment and technology and tutors / work coaches with over 20+ years’ experience of working in the sector.
Opportunities to enter national climbing competitions.
Discounts on a suite of college courses e.g. Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides.
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