Arborist Apprenticeship Level 2 -

Arborist Apprenticeship Level 2

Course Details

  • Department

    Forestry and Arboriculture
  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)

    York

Course at a glance

An apprenticeship is a job with training. The job must have a productive purpose and should provide the apprentice with the opportunity to embed and consolidate the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need for their immediate job and future career.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs

Apprentices should have Level 2 Maths and English, equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 (old GCSE Grade C) or above. Where apprentices do not hold these qualifications they must demonstrate the ability to achieve these.

Cost for students aged Under 19

Free

for students over the age of 19 please contact us

Course summary

An apprenticeship is a job with training. The job must have a productive purpose and should provide the apprentice with the opportunity to embed and consolidate the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need for their immediate job and future career.

The arboricultural industry manages trees for their benefits and values in diverse urban and rural locations from city parks and urban woodlands, to country estates and private gardens. The industry manages trees adjacent to highways, railways, watercourses and power lines. The organisations involved in this type of work vary from local authorities and large national contractors to small specialist businesses.

The work of an arborist involves diverse activities such as chainsaw work, aerial tree work, pruning, dismantling and using appropriate machineries such as brushwood chippers, as well as understanding tree management techniques and a thorough knowledge of pests and diseases.

Tree work can be physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weather. You will undertake aerial tree work as well as ground-based activities, so you need to be confident working at heights. This is a challenging and exciting sector to work in.

Key Information

Through your daily work with your employer and your training sessions with the college, you will learn the following core content including:

  • The principles of the establishment, growth and care of trees
  • The use and application of arboricultural equipment
  • The principles of identifying trees including their scientific names
  • The principles and importance of identifying and managing pests, diseases and disorders of trees
  • Current environmental, wildlife and health and safety legislation, standards and codes of practice in relation to arboricultural works
  • Legislation relating to trees
  • Procedures for dealing with incidents and emergencies
  • Electrical safety for working in the vicinity of power lines

 

 

 

You will also complete the following qualifications:

  • 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)

On successful completion of the training period, you will move through End Point Assessment Gateway and be in a position to undertake the assessments required in order to achieve your apprenticeship.

The End Point Assessment will only start once the employer is satisfied that you are consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met and that they can be evidenced to an End Point Assessment Organisation.

The End Point Assessor will be appointed by the EPAO and will be entirely independent to the college.

For this apprenticeship the End Point Assessment will include 4 elements:

  • A holistic project
  • A structured interview with an assessor
  • Multiple choice online knowledge test
  • Practical assessments in your workplace

Your apprenticeship will be graded Fail, Pass or Distinction.

The duration of the apprenticeship is based on a skills analysis and the development opportunities within the business.

The maximum duration for this apprenticeship training period is 24 months, with up to a further 6 months to undertake the End Point Assessment.

This could be reduced where an apprentice holds previous experience.

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria.

Apprentices should have or be able to complete Level 1 Maths and English, equivalent to GCSE Grade 2 (old GCSE Grade E) or above, plus suitable and relevant employment.

 

 

 

Apprentices will be expected to work towards Level 2 Maths and English where this has not been achieved.

Employers pay for apprenticeship training, where fees are applicable. We will discuss this with your employer when we complete a set-up with them.

The fees charged for the apprenticeship include any awarding body registration costs, all on-programme teaching, assessment and support delivered by the college, support materials, access to college facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre, Student Moodle, and access to wider college student support services where required.

 

Employers must pay apprentices at least the minimum rate set out by current National Minimum Wage Legislation. This includes payment for all off-job learning and any associated costs such as travel and accommodation.

Information about the National Minimum Wage can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Employer involvement

Your employer must enable you to spend a minimum of 20% of your usual work hours undertaking off-job learning. This is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at your normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of your normal working duties, and must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard.

Off-job learning could include the following:

– Teaching of theory such as lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning or manufacturer training

– Practical training such as shadowing experienced staff or mentoring, industry visits and attendance at competitions

– Study support and time spent writing assessments/assignments

Your employer must commit to supporting you in the workplace, participating in progress review meetings, providing use of ICT facilities so you can access your e-portfolio and agreeing/ensuring your readiness for the End Point Assessment. They may be required to provide further supporting evidence/endorsements about your performance, which form part of the End Point Assessment.

Further details of the End Point Assessment will be made available to you during your induction.

College input

We will support you through regular Apprenticeship Progress Review meetings with you and your manager, provide well planned vocational training and theory delivery by block release model and support your theory learning in the workplace with a range of learning materials.

This programme is delivered at our York Campus on Block-release.

How to apply

Applications should be made using the college application form or via the college website. This form can be found at: https://www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/application/register.

Upon receipt of your application, you will have an interview with the Course Manager.

Further information

Further information is available on:

Arborist / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Or, for more information, contact the Apprenticeship Admin team on:

apprenticeships@askham-bryan.ac.uk

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