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Trees and Timber

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 Trees and Timber 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.

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 liase 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 an additional certificate of competency in Chainsaw Maintenace and Operation

Progression & Employment

Learners who have seccessfully completed this Apprenticeship can progress into Higher Education.  An example of some courses which are available in the UK are: -

  • Forest Sciences
  • Conservation and Forest Ecosystems
  • Forestry and Woodland Management
  • Forestry and Woodland Conservatioin
  • Ecological Science (Forestry)
  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
  • Lowland Woodland Management
  • Level 4 Technical Certificate in Arboriculture


Programme Content

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

  • Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Work Based Trees & Timber
  • Level 3 City & Guilds Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture

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

The learner will be continually assessed both in the work place and at college which will include coursework, assignments, practical work, work based evidence and observations.

Programme Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Trees and Timber Foundation Apprenticeship, however, there are qualifications and/or experience that will help learners prior to starting: -

  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Trees & Timber
  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Trees & Timber
  • NVQ Level 2 in Forestry or Arboriculture
  • Level 2 Award for an Advanced Ground-based operator (Felling, Individual Uprooted Trees and Multiple Windblown Trees)
  • Level 2 Award in Techniques for Dealing with Damaged Trees
  • Practical experience within the Trees and Timber Industry
  • GCSE (A*-C)/A Levels

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

Additional Costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.