Trees and timber

Trees and timber

“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. These 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 this line of work and in all of these roles, you’ll need very good health and safety awareness, as well as a desire to, and enjoyment of, working outdoors. It’s also worth noting that this apprenticeships will be undertaken in all weather conditions.

Duration: 18 to 20 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: For intermediate, none; for advanced, three GCSEs at grade C or above—or equivalent qualification

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels at grades A to E

Potential salary upon completion: £16,000 per annum

More information: www.afo.sscalliance.org/frameworks-library/index.cfm?id=FR02092

Apply: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/vacancies