Trees and timber apprenticeship

Trees and timber apprenticeship

The Trees and Timber apprenticeship 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.

As an apprentice, you’ll have the choice to focus on one of the main areas within the industry. One is forestry, or the science and practice of managing forests and woodlands – everything from creating and caring for a community forest to raising young trees in a nursery and delivering timber to businesses that use wood.

Forestry activities include maintaining woodlands, thinning and felling trees using chainsaws or harvesting machines. Another area is coppicing, which involves maintaining woodlands and the cutting of tree shoots at different stages and times for a range of products such as firewood, woodworking and craft materials. Lastly, arboriculture covers the care and maintenance of trees for the conservation of landscapes and the preservation and safety of trees.

In all of these areas, apprentices are required to take certificates of competency for the use of pesticides, chainsaws, and other machinery related to the job. In this line of work, you’ll need very good health and safety awareness and you will enjoy working outdoors.

Level:

Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

from £12,000–£14,000

Job roles:

Intermediate Level – Forest worker, Forest ranger, Woodland craftsman, Ground worker, Climber

Advanced Level – Community forester, Social forester, Assistant head forester, Assistant arboricultural officer, Woodland officer, Lead ground worker, Lead climber

Issuing Authority:

Lantra – www.lantra.co.uk