Arborist Apprentice - London John O'Conner GM Limited

John O Conner (JOC) GM Ltd has vacancies for arborist apprentices across its depots in England. JOC is a national environmental services provider that has been in business for over 50 years and delivers high quality arboriculture works to our commercial and local authority clients. Duties include preserving, planting and protecting trees.

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Whilst on the apprenticeship pay will be reviewed on the completion of each practical assessment and gaining of qualifications.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, working hours TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an apprentice arborist, you'll cultivate and manage trees, hedgerows, and shrubs. The work is undertaken in both rural and urban settings and includes all aspects of:

  • Felling
  • Preserving
  • Planting and protecting trees
  • Using heavy equipment
  • Adhering to health and safety requirements on site
  • Ground clearance
  • Teamwork
  • Chainsaw work upon cert completion
  • Climbing at height
  • Strimming
  • Lifting and bending
  • Using large and small machinery
  • Fencing
  • Stump grinding
  • Site clearance

Please note that you will be involved in all sorts of work from
tree work to grounds maintenance. A great job if you like variety.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Standard Arboriculture Apprenticeship
  • Weekly day release into Berkshire College of Agriculture
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths & English if you do not hold a 4/C or above at GCSE Level or equivalent
  • An assessor will visit you in the workplace every 6-8 weeks, or more frequently if required
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (Ofqual registered) minimum 1-day course

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possible full-time job upon completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Initiative, Physical fitness, Positive Attitude, Enthusiastic


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

Things to consider

You will need to be physically fit and want to climb at height. Work outside in all weathers. You will have to be able to lift. Possible early starts.

About the employer

Founded in 1969, John O’Conner is a privately owned grounds maintenance company that keeps people at its heart. We are dedicated to the continuous development of each and every employee, and that commitment is reflected by the high quality services we deliver to our clients. Operating throughout the UK, we provide extensive grounds maintenance, arborist and landscaping services to both public and private sectors.


John O'Conner GM Limited


Alexandra Palace East Court

Alexandra Palace


N22 7AY

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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


Business Services

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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