Trees & Timber Apprenticeship Level 2
This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of arboriculture duties, which can be applied to a broad section of tree-related operations in a commercial or residential environment. Units of study may include preparing sites for planting, controlling unwanted vegetation and maintaining health and safety.
You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grades A*-D, including English and maths or successful completion on a Level 1 Horticulture programme.
Course contentDuring this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:
• Identify tree species and their properties
• Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
• Carry out vegetation management in proximity to above ground utilities
• Control unwanted vegetation
• Use of machine powered winches in timber work
• Prepare sites for planting
• Prepare, drive and manoeuvre forwarder
• Process coppice materials and greenwood products
• Sharpen and maintain edged hand tools
• Extract wood and wood products using small motorised equipment
Assessment methodsThe majority of assessment will take place in the work place through a mixture of practical observation and questions, learner discussion, written questions and the production of a portfolio of evidence. There is also a short multiple choice test marked externally.
You will gain the following qualifications:
Work-Based Trees & Timber (Arboriculture) NPTC/City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma
• Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 Award
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
• Forestry and Arboriculture City & Guilds Certificate
• Functional Skills in English and maths
• Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
• Additional vocational qualifications – First Aid (one day course) plus one other occupational test (for example, PA1, CS30 or Wood-chipper)
Further study and career options
Further study: On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can progress on to an advanced apprenticeship or further arboriculture qualifications.
Future careers: These qualifications can help you to progress in roles such as forest worker, forest officer or arboriculturalist.
In addition to the mandatory units of the NVQ qualification, optional units for each trade element will be available for selection according to your main job role/function.
Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees.
Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.
At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.