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Forestry and Arboriculture Apprenticeship Providers

An apprenticeship is a real job which is combined with training which allows you to earn while you gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships vary in length but current Forestry & Arb apprenticeships take between 1 – 3 years to complete. While apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England, there are different entry requirements depending on the sector, job and level of apprenticeship.

below you will find details of organisations providing apprenticeships within the forestry and urban forestry sector. To find out more about the apprenticeship schemes listed you will need to contact the organisations directly using the details/links provided.


Apprenticeship Providing Colleges-

Askham Bryan College-

This Intermediate Apprenticeship consists of the Work-Based Diploma at Level 2 which is completed during block weeks in College while students are employed in the industry.

Applicants will need to find a suitable work placement where they can experience a range of forestry jobs, form fencing and planting to moto-manual felling and extraction. Opportunities exist to take additional qualifications specific to the role, such as first aid and pesticide application, but additional charges may apply for these.


Capel Manor College-

This apprenticeship will give you an opportunity to gain confidence, learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the industry.

During your apprenticeship you will produce a collection of evidence and keep a journal to illustrate what skills and knowledge you have learnt and applied in the workplace. At the conclusion of your training, you will complete a final end-point assessment.


Cornwall College (Bicton)-

Bicton College is a leading land-based college set within an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Devon. The grounds comprise 200 hectares of open parkland and rolling countryside; a majestic Georgian manor house overlooks the beautiful lake and sits alongside the latest in modern facilities and equipment. Bicton College is located a mere five minutes from the south coast with its selection of beaches, towering cliffs and seaside towns, and twenty minutes from the regional capital of Exeter.


Hereford & Ludlow College-

There are hundreds of career opportunities in forestry and arboriculture. From the moment a tree seed is collected from the wild and sown in a tree nursery, right up to when the mature trees in a forest or woodland are felled, there are many inter-linked businesses involved in their establishment, management and harvesting. These all offer interesting and well-paid work options.


Merrist Wood College, Surrey

This Apprenticeship’s covers the main occupations within the trees and timber industry. This industry includes the establishment, care, maintenance and management of trees, woodlands and forests, as well as the production of wood and timber products. Trees are one of the world’s major natural resources, and an essential part of the environment. The course content includes tree and plant species: characteristics and identification; timber mensuration and measurement; first aid; health and safety; functional skills: Maths or English. On the job training will include identifying different species; tree health; safe use of equipment; practical skills.


Northumberland College, Kirkley Hall Campus

This qualification is part of the Apprenticeship in Trees and timber. An Apprenticeship is an excellent way to earn money whilst gaining hands on practical work experience. It is a work-related, competence-based qualification, and is designed for someone in work or who wishes to progress into work. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and shows that you are competent in the area of work the qualification represents. If you’ve been employed in the industry for a while and don’t have a formal qualification, an apprenticeship is an ideal route for you!


Plumpton College, Sussex

There are three pathways in the Trees and Timber apprenticeship: Arboriculture (the cultivation and management of trees), General Woodland and Forestry, and Forestry Greenwood Trades, which covers harvesting and coppicing timber. The Trees and Timber industry is concerned with the care and maintenance of trees grown for a wide variety of purposes such as those growing in our parks and gardens; trees in special collections (arboreta) as well as harvesting for timber. You will also train towards a CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance certificate.

Sparsholt College, Hampshire

Providing evidence of your skills and knowledge plus essential competence certificates, the apprenticeship in Trees and Timber provides the foundation for a career in arboriculture or forestry. Whether starting out, or experienced but needing to formally recognise your skills, the apprenticeship provides a complete programme to open opportunities in all areas of this sector.