Industry group's arb apprenticeship standards approved

Newly industry-developed standards for arboricultural and forestry apprenticeships have gained government approval.

Image: Dennis van Zuijlekom
Image: Dennis van Zuijlekom

The Arborist and Forest Operative apprenticeship standards were developed over the past year by over 40 organisations from across the sector, and have been approved as part of the government's drive for apprenticeship reform in England.

So-called trailblazer apprenticeships are employer-led to ensure they meet the needs of industry. The standards list the key skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required of apprentices.

Simon Rotheram, managing director of Beechwood Trees & Landscapes, one of the employers involved, said: "This hard work has formed an apprenticeship for arboriculture that will provide individuals with the training necessary to make them a useful asset to the industry and their employers."

Draft plans on how to translate these standards into actual assessments were shared with 40 training and assessment providers in September, and will be discussed with industry partners over the next two months, leading to launch of the apprenticeships "in the middle of next year", organisers said.

Two further standards, Horticulture & Landscape Operative and Horticulture and Landscape Supervisor, currently await government approval.

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