Following the review of apprenticeships by Doug Richard published last year; the Government has developed a new standard for apprenticeships in England. In March 2014 eight industries piloted the new process and this was called the first ‘trailblazer’. Since then there has been a second trailblazer and applications for joining the third are now open.
It is intended that by 2017 all Apprenticeships will have been re-designed and based on the new principles. The trees and timber apprenticeship will cease to exist for new learners starting from September 2017. We need to act now to keep our forestry apprenticeship!
For more information on this please go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-of-apprenticeships-in-england-guidance-for-trailblazers
The deadline for industries to join trailblazer 3 is close. Key players in the forestry and the arboricultural industries have been aware of these changes and are planning on putting an application forward for an arboriculture and forestry apprenticeship for entry level staff. We need support from employers to take this forward.
This is your opportunity to help shape the tree workers of the future. We need a group of employers to become actively involved in designing the new apprenticeship, in addition to expressions of support from stakeholder organisations. Those who join the team will need to attend some meetings where we will put the new apprenticeship together.
If you would like to become involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating who you are and if you are an employer in the forestry industry. Also please state if you would like to:
We are also interested in any thoughts or comments you might have.
NB - This does not affect the apprenticeships in Scotland at all.