We are looking for a hardworking and enthusiastic apprentice to help undertake a variety of commercial and domestic work excluding utilities. Although a lot of the work we do is residential, an example of some of the high level work we undertake can be found here:

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Closing date: 19 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay review every 6 months.

  • Working week

    Hours of work are generally 8am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You need to be prepared to work to a high standard of health and safety; produce work of a high quality; be a reliable member of the team; observant and responsive to visual cues with good time management and attention to detail.
Your working day will consist of:
 selecting appropriate equipment for the day ahead and unload equipment safely.
 process tree work arisings using appropriate machinery.
 maintaining and using a variety of machinery such as chainsaws, hedge cutters, wood chippers and stump grinders
 Recognise a range of tree and shrub species
 Identify pests, diseases, disorders and tree defects.
 Carry out a range of ground-based pruning operations.
 Fell and process small trees.
 Climbing and carrying out tree work at height

The training you will be getting

Qualifications achieved:
● 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 cross cutting timber using a chainsaw
● Level 2 Arborist apprenticeship.

Functional Skills English and Maths if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full time employment upon completion of apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade C/4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

You must be physically fit and prepare to work outside in all weathers. Driving license desirable

About the employer

We are a small, family run company based in Bicester who complete mainly domestic work but have contracts with the OUH, Oxford Diocese and a local National Trust Estate.







OX25 2RE

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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

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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