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Trees and Timber Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5

Level: SCQF 5

Available at these campuses: Barony

About the Course

forestry student tree fellingA career in the trees and timber industry could see you protecting not only Scotland’s natural heritage but an economic resource. The industry is made up of many different types of businesses including arboriculture, forestry, harvesting, social forestry and greenwood trades.

The Modern Apprentieship is a work-based qualification designed to equip trainees with the basic skills of a craftsman forestry worker.

A learner’s competence is assessed by gathering evidence of their work in a portfolio, with assessment taking place either at the campus or in their work placement.  

Duration: 12-18 months block release


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be employed within the industry or have an employer who would be willing to employ them. Applicants are normally expected to have a National 4 pass in English and Maths.

Course Content

The Modern Apprenticeship comprises of elements which must be achieved: SVQ Trees and Timber, work based core skills in ICT, First Aid certification and one other industry specific training course.

The SVQ is made up of mandatory units e.g. Tree identification, health and safety and working to establish and maintain working relationships. With a range of optional units e.g. Plant trees, control unwanted vegetation, maintain and repair paths and surfaces and felling trees using a chainsaw.

The learner’s training needs are assessed and units selected to cover the requirements of both the employer and student. Visiting assessors work with students to assess competence and provide training and support in the workplace.

Please call 01387 860251 for more information or to talk about your requirements.


Skills Development Scotland funding requirements

Funding for the MA maybe available if the applicant meets the following criteria: 

  • Has a contract of employment
  • Is 16+
  • Working at a permanent base in Scotland
  • Isn’t currently receiving any funding for training or apprenticeship