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Trees and timber apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the trees and timber sector.

This apprenticeship trains you to establish, care, maintain and manage trees, woodlands and forests.

Training opportunities

You’ll have the choice to focus on one of the industry’s main areas:

  • forestry, or the science and practice of managing forests and woodlands – this covers everything from creating and caring for a community forest to raising young trees in a nursery and delivering timber to businesses that use wood
  • coppicing, which involves maintaining woodlands and the cutting of tree shoots at different stages and times for a range of products such as firewood, woodworking and craft materials
  • arboriculture, which covers the care and maintenance of trees for the conservation of landscapes and the preservation and safety of trees

You’ll need to take certificates of competency for the use of pesticides, chainsaws, and other machinery related to the job.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of trees and timber apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • coppice (and greenwood) craft worker
  • forest worker
  • forest ranger
  • general worker
  • base-level arborist (ground worker)

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • coppice (and greenwood) craft manager
  • assistant arboricultural officer
  • assistant head forester
  • contractor (harvesting and/or establishment)
  • social forester
  • woodland manager
  • team leader/supervisor