You will be provided with a foundation in the broad range of skills required to work competently within the arboriculture industry. Practical skills will be developed in the workplace while theoretical background knowledge will be taught and reviewed mainly at College.
This qualification is for anyone aged 16 or over with a job or work placement as a forest worker. You don't need any previous experience to get started.
You need one of the following:
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
You must be in employment and committed to a career in the arboriculture industry. You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.
This programme will enable you to develop the skills in forestry and arboriculture that employers are looking for. Pathways include forestry establishment, maintenance and harvesting, green wood trades, and arboriculture.
Training is largely work-based with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding.
You will need full PPE which should be provided by your employer, including safety boots, trousers and helmet with ear defence and visor, and waterproofs. You will also need writing materials.
For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required.
The programme enables you to develop the skills in forestry and arboriculture that employers are looking for.
A schoolboy who loved climbing has grown up to be a skilled tree surgeon planning to work on the other side of the world. Douglas Porter (19) says Derby College "set me up for the future" and he wakes up excited about work every day. The Tansley teenager's parents used to be Park Rangers on Derbyshire's High Peak Trail and when he went out with them as a boy he "just loved climbing trees."
He helped out, aged just 15 with a local tree surgeons' business, where members of staff recommended Broomfield Hall to him. Douglas gained a distinction after studying for the college's one year Level 2 Diploma in Forestry Arboriculture. He enjoyed the "hands-on" course, which included chainsaw maintenance, industry legislation, how to climb and work safely and a business module. He gained his Level 3 with a merit at a college in York. He said:
Derby College set me up for the future and really pushed my climbing – every day I wake up and I'm looking forward to work. At the moment I'm planning to go to New Zealand. The country looks amazing and the job is better paid over there.