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Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation

Programme Description

An Apprenticeship is a work based learning programme where the learner is "earning while learning".  It focuses on developing the skills required to enable the learner to gain full time employment in the Environmental Conservation Industry.  The programme is aimed at learners over the age of 16.  The Apprentice will be employed and receive at least the minimum Apprentice wage.  The Apprentice will attend college on a day release basis and should achieve the Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework within the agreed timescale.  The learner will also complete Essential Skills qualifications in both communication and application of number.

Programme Features

  • All learners will be supported by a Training Adviser/Assessor who will monitor progress towards achieving targets on a regular basis (every 56 to 61 days)
  • The Training Adviser/Assessor will liaise closely with the employer to ensure that qualifications are achieved within the timescale
  • The Training Adviser/Assessor will assess the Apprentice in the workplace as and when required (every 56 to 61 days)
  • There will be opportunities to achieve additional certificate of competency in chainsaw maintenance and operation.

Progression & Employment

Learners, who have succesfully completed this Apprenticeship at the required standard, can further develop themselves with additional vocational qualifications or other Further Education Courses.  Progression into Higher Education is possible, an example of some of the courses which are available in the UK are: -

  • BSc Environmental Conservation
  • FD/FdSc Marine Biology and Coastal Management
  • BSc Conservation Biology
  • BSc Wildlife Management


Programme Content

Learners following this Apprenticeship will have to achieve a framework of qualifications which will include: -

  • Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Work Based Environmental Conservation
  • Level 3 Lantra Award in Principle of Developing Environmental and Land-Based Projects

Essential Skills must be achieved in order for a successful completion these are: -

  • Essential Skills Wales Application of Number Level 2
  • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 2
  • (In some circumstances previously achieved proxy qualifications may be used)

Programme Assessment

Coursework, assignments, work based observations and work based evidence.

Programme Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation
  • NVQ Level 2 in Environmental Conservation
  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Environmental Conservation
  • Level 2 Award in Practical Environmental and Conservation Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Countryside and Environment
  • Practical experience within the environmental conservation industry
  • GCSE's (A*-C)/A Levels

These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.