The Arb Association launch a review of Arboriculture, Forestry and Horticulture or Landscape Apprenticeships
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Published on

March 25 2021

A review of the apprenticeship standards has been launched to ensure they are up to date and can meet the needs of our industries.

To ensure the future workforce has the correct skills and training, the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group for the Arborist, Forest Operative and Landscape or Horticulture Operative and Horticulture or Landscape Supervisor apprenticeships is conducting a review of the following level 2/3 standards:

Level 2 Arborist

Level 2 Forest Operative

Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Operative

Level 3 Landscape or Horticulture Supervisor

This follows the 'route review' recently carried out by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) in the agriculture, animal care and environmental apprenticeships.

The review for all four apprenticeships is being facilitated by the Arboricultural Association (AA), hosting a survey questionnaire and links to the relevant standards, assessment plans, etc. on the AA website

The survey is designed to be completed by anyone involved in, or interested in, the relevant apprenticeship:

  • Employers (whether currently employing apprentices or not)
  • Training Providers
  • Apprentices
  • Others (e.g. trade bodies, etc)

The survey will be open until 30 April 2021.

The Trailblazer’s industry subgroups will then analyse the responses and produce plans for any proposed changes. This work will involve further engagement with stakeholders and any significant changes will be submitted to IFATE for approval before revised standards are launched and available for take up.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to this important review process. Our sector urgently needs to recruit competent operators and, while this is not a quick fix, it is designed to ensure that the standards are fit for purpose in bringing through the next generation of skilled arborists, foresters, landscapers and horticulturists, to meet the growing needs of our respective industries.