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Arboricultural Apprentice required to join our friendly & hardworking team

Arboricultural Apprentice wanted to join our friendly & hardworking team

Become an Arboricultural Apprentice with Wainwright UK!

Are you a team player, adaptable and a problem solver? Do you enjoy a challenge, being outside in all weathers and interested in the arboriculture environment? An apprenticeship in arboriculture involves the maintenance, care and support of trees, hedgerows and shrubs in urban and rural settings. We are looking to recruit an apprentice to join our team to deliver excellent tree services.

As an Apprentice Arborist within this business, you will work with the owner and subcontractors to undertake the work agreed with the customers to the highest level of professionalism.

You will assist with tree, shrub and hedgerow maintenance and management, including but not limited to:

  • Thinning, reducing and removing trees, using a range of appropriate equipment in a safe manner.
  • Carrying out groundworks using a chainsaw, chipper, stump grinder and appropriate equipment for clearing up.
  • Removal of rubbish created by a job from a client’s site.
  • Planting trees where required.
  • Maintenance of all equipment used to undertake the role.
  • As part of the role we will support your ever growing knowledge of trees, shrubs, hedgerows and the environment with day release to college and other relevant training.

The following licence to practice qualifications would be required prior to end point assessment:

  • Level 2 award in emergency first aid at work
  • Level 2 award in safe use of brushwood chipper
  • Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D
  • Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance
  • Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw
  • Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm
  • Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness
  • Level 3 award in aerial tree rescue operations
  • Level 3 award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques
  • Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform
  • Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)

Have a knowledge of:

  • The benefits of trees
  • The use and application of arboricultural equipment
  • The principles of the establishment, growth and care of trees
  • The principles and importance of identifying trees and the value of using their scientific names
  • The principles and importance of identifying and managing pests, diseases and disorders of trees
  • Current environmental, wildlife and health and safety legislation, standards and codes of practice in relation to arboricultural works
  • Legislation relating to trees e.g. Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas
  • Procedures and specific instructions for dealing with incidents and emergencies
  • Electrical safety for working in the vicinity of power lines.


  • Have the ability to:
  • Recognise health and safety needs onsite and work safely
  • Take instruction from the job supervisor and other senior work colleagues to include signing onto the site specific risk assessment / emergency action plan and maintaining records
  • Select appropriate equipment for the task. Load and unload equipment safely
  • Set out work place signage (highway & non highway) and assists with traffic control
  • Process tree work arisings using appropriate machinery
  • Take appropriate care of tools, equipment and customer property
  • Recognise a basic range of tree and shrub species using common and scientific names
  • Identify pests, diseases, disorders and tree defects
  • Carry out a range of ground-based pruning operations
  • Fell and process small trees
  • Support aerial tree workers both Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) and climbing with
  • transfer of equipment for aerial tree work operations
  • Perform an aerial rescue of colleague from a rope and harness and a MEWP
  • Work safely at height in the tree under supervision
  • Prepare sites for planting, plant trees and provide support, protection and aftercare


  • A safety mind-set to protect self, colleagues and others
  • Works effectively within a team/crew
  • Consistently presents a professional manner both in appearance, language and behaviour
  • Is reliable: consistently attends work and arrives on time
  • Communicates effectively with the job supervisor, colleagues, clients and others to achieve the specification

Course duration is 15 months and will be completed working within Wainwright UK and Myerscough College

Weekly hours are a minimum of 24 hours per week.

For more information on the course you will be doing please click this linkĀ