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Have Your Say on Arboriculture & Forestry Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship standards, launched in 2017 and 2018, are being reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and can meet the needs of our industries. To ensure we have the right workforce for the future, 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 these level 2/3 standards:

  • Level 2 Arborist
  • Level 2 Forest Operative
  • Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Operative
  • Level 3 Landscape or Horticulture Supervisor


This review is being facilitated by the Arboricultural Association (AA) and they are hosting a survey questionnaire with links to the relevant standards and assessment plans. 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)


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All surveys will close on 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.

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