The Clifford Estate Company are offering an exciting opportunity to join their small but friendly team at Ugbrooke House as a Arborist Apprentice. This is a fantastic opportunity to train as an arborist in a beautiful setting while developing new skills.

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Closing date: 29 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    Employees will have access to: Free Eye Tests Bupa Employee Assistance Programme

    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 8.00am – 4.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The successful candidate's main responsibilities will include:

  • Tree management in the park and boundaries of the estate
  • Carry out all tasks relating to the management and planting of woodland and established trees
  • Undertake tree safety work as stipulated by the Head of Forestry
  • Carry out fencing and hedge laying as required
  • Undertake required maintenance tasks as stipulated by the Head of Forestry
  • Ensure all work complies to required Health and Safety standards
  • Communicate any forestry related issues to the Head of Forestry
  • Work alongside external contractors as required
  • Liaise with the Estate Manager and other teams to ensure all work being undertaken which affects other departments is communicated
  • You will also undertake ad hoc tasks as required

The training you will be getting

You will be required to attend Bicton College for block release.
You will achieve a Level 2 Arborist qualification.

English and maths Functional Skills, if required.

The programme culminates in an End Point Assessment, in which the skills and knowledge you will gain during the apprenticeship will be formally tested.

The following qualifications would also be required prior to end point assessment and these will be undertaken during the duration of the apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 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) 
  • Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance
  • Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw
  • 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

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Future career paths on successful completion could be:

  • Tree Management
  • Forestry Commission
  • Tree Surveyor

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Flexibility, Resilience, Punctuality


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 4/C) Desired

Things to consider

Due to the rural location, own transport is essential. This is an active, manual job which is carried out in all weather conditions.

About the employer

Ugbrooke House, home of the Clifford family,is a beautiful stately home with landscaped gardens, and a fascinating history covering 900 years. The house and grounds are are available for guided tours in summer and as an event venue and are open to the public July to September. Set within a 3000 acre estate, encapsulating Capability Brown designed parkland, a fernery, walled gardens, meandering paths through enchanting woodland and peaceful lakes. More information on the estate can be found on our website:




Ugbrooke House


Newton Abbot

TQ13 0AD

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience



01209 617826

Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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