We are offering the opportunity for someone to learn new and valuable skills, a good career, providing them with on the job training, whilst being paid, every day is different and new challenges and working for a small family business which values its employees. You will learn everything needed to begin a career in arboriculture.

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Closing date: 24 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice will be paid national minimum wage to start off with but this will increase once the apprentice has gained some experience.

    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

    Predominately Monday - Friday However this may vary and there will be some weekend work Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Your day to day will vary and depend on the site you will work on, but it will typically include: 

  • Tree Pruning

  • Tree Removal

  • Stump Grinding

  • Hedge Cutting

The training you will be getting

During your training, in addition to your Arborist Level 2 Apprenticeship qualification, you will also work towards gaining certificates of competence including chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and tree climbing/aerial rescue as well as other certificated courses such as Emergency First Aid At Work

The apprentice will study at Plumpton College - you will have access to the latest equipment and technology and tutors and work with coaches with over 20+ years’ experience of working in the sector. The training will be delivered in a block release manner. The apprentice will gain the L2 Arborist Apprenticeship Certificate from completing the course

The following licence to practice qualifications would be required prior to end point assessment:

  • 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) OR Sector Scheme 12D
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment

The apprenticeship has a blended learning model with a mix of in college practical and theoretical learning over three day blocks on a monthly basis between October and January and in March and June. Online knowledge delivery and quarterly workplace competency and efficiency observation and assessments throughout the apprenticeship

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • To become supervisor and lead your own team

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Willingness to learn, Hard working, Determination


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Due to our rural location, own transport is advised.

About the employer

We are a family run business with over 10 years experience in Landscaping and Tree Surgery. Operating throughout Kent and the South East.






TN23 3TG

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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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