We run a range of different forms of apprenticeship in Scotland and England, to encourage the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce for the future.
We currently employ 19 apprentices in various forest districts across Scotland working toward a two-year level 3 Trees & Timber Modern Apprenticeship in either harvesting or forest establishment. Apprentices undergo a mixture of formal training, practical work experience, informal on-the-job training as well as studying toward their SVQ qualification. The majority of formal training is carried out by own Learning & Development team in a forest environment. Apprentices do not attend a Further Education College on block release. The Modern Apprenticeship programme is open to all, however, we suggest that candidates have a good standard of English and Maths ('O' level or Standard Grade equivalent) in order to cope with some of the SVQ course work. In addition we expect apprentices to be able to drive within six months of joining the scheme.
Other forms of apprenticeship throughout the UK include shadowing our staff over a number of months, which allows individuals with an interest in pursuing a career in countryside management to develop on the job skills and experience. This could include: practical site management (e.g. habitat creation and restoration); working with communities (capacity building, project development and implementation); planning and undertaking countryside events, guided walks, cycle rides; and environmental education. Participants may also have access to some formal training courses.
We recruit for our apprenticeships periodically throughout the year depending on where and when an opportunity arises.