"Exceptional" arb apprentice Amy relishes her dangerous job

Advanced apprentice in arboriculture Amy Baxter works for Amey in Liverpool on one of the most dangerous jobs in Britain.

Amy Baxter - image: Amey Plc
Amy Baxter - image: Amey Plc

The 21-year-old has been described as "an exceptional apprentice" by her work-based tutor Mark Goucher.

She began the apprenticeship in the autumn of 2014, and works as part of a team covering the maintenance of trees across the Liverpool area. Amy is working towards an Apprenticeship in Arboriculture – Trees and Timber, receiving training in the workplace and on college technical days.

She said: "It’s funny sometimes seeing the reaction of the public who really don’t expect to see a young female high up in a tree with a chainsaw. I love my job and am looking forward to a long career within the industry.

"I would recommend apprenticeships to other young people as a fantastic way to start a new career. You earn a wage and continue with your studies. For me it’s a perfect combination."

"What I love about my role is that it combines practical, physical activity with knowledge I have studied at college. There is a load to learn and everyday is different. I work as part of a team and with the dangerous nature of our work we have to look out for each other at all times."

Amy is one of only a handful of female arb apprentices and explains her reasons for the career choice and why the apprenticeship is perfect for her.

"Following school I studied arboriculture at Myerscough College. I have always had an interest in the outdoors and green spaces and it seemed like a really interesting subject area. I attended a careers fair in Liverpool and spoke to Amey about a possible apprenticeship opportunity.

"What I love about my role is that it combines practical, physical activity with knowledge I have studied at college. There is a load to learn and everyday is different. I work as part of a team and with the dangerous nature of our work we have to look out for each other at all times."

Goucher said of Amy’s progress: "Amy is an exceptional apprentice. Her hard work and dedication are something for others to take note, as I have no doubt she will go far within the industry."


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