Apprentice Arborist MIDLAND FORESTRY LTD

Apprentice arborist wanted to work with an established Arb Approved Contractor in the Midlands. Working with highly skilled workforce who undertake all aspects of tree surgery from complex dismantling to delicate pruning operations, crown reductions and tree planting. Arboriculture is a dynamic industry where no 2 days are the same.

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 7:30am to 3:30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Working within a team carrying out varied tasks that will diversify as you gain more tree climbing qualifications
  • Working on varied sites across the Midlands and further afield including private gardens, roadside and council parks
  • Constantly gaining knowledge on how to best tackle each tree operation and identify potential site hazards such as tree pests, diseases and health and safety hazards

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Training shall take place at Pershore College, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3JP (part of Warwickshire College Group) in blocks, accomodation shall be paid for by the business. Training shall be spread throughout the course.

By the end of the course apprentices shall have gained the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship as an Arborist.

City and Guilds - National Profficency Test Council Qualifications in:

  • Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm
  • Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness
  • Level 3 award in aerial tree rescue operations
  • Level 3 award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques
  • Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform
  • Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)
  • Level 2 award in emergency first aid at work
  • Level 2 award in safe use of brushwood chipper
  • Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D
  • Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance
  • Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Progression to be a Lead climber and/or Team Leader.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent 3rd subject (Grade 4 - 9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 - 9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 - 9) Essential

Things to consider

To be an arborist you must be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers and be physically capable of climbing trees and at times carrying heavy loads.

About the employer

Midland Forestry offers a comprehensive range of arboricultural services including site clearance, tree maintenance, tree felling, pest and disease control, veteran tree management, tree planting and landscaping. In addition it offers expert consultancy services, and it is a specialist in dismantling dangerous trees. Safety is a key consideration in all of the company’s work, and risk assessments, complemented by the formulation of detailed method statements, are an integral part of the work on every project. Clients of Midland Forestry range from private individuals to major blue-chip commercial organisations and local authorities. Many of these clients have been using the Midland Forestry services over long periods of time, and the company enjoys an enviably high rate of contract renewals.







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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

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