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Our apprenticeship scheme

We offer different forms of apprenticeships in Scotland and England for people over 18, to encourage the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce for the future.

 Cutting timber for signs at Burley Products, New Forest FDWe employ apprentices in various forest districts across Scotland working toward a two-year level 3 Trees & Timber Modern Apprenticeship in either harvesting or forest establishment.


Apprentices undergo a mixture of formal training, practical work experience, informal on-the-job training as well as studying toward their SVQ qualification. The majority of formal training is carried out by our  Learning & Development team in a forest environment. Apprentices do not attend a Further Education College on block release.


The Modern Apprenticeship programme is open to anyone over 18 years old, however, we suggest that candidates have a good standard of English and Maths ('O' level or Standard Grade equivalent) to cope with some of the SVQ course work. We expect apprentices to be able to drive within six months of joining the scheme. We will consider proposals from applicants that would allow them to do the job by other means. Non-UK residents can apply.


We do not provide financial assistance for relocation but we are able to help identify possible options for accommodation etc. However, apprentices receive a salary considerably higher than the minimum wage offered by most government led schemes.


Other forms of apprenticeship include shadowing our staff over a number of months, which allows individuals with an interest in pursuing a career in countryside management to develop on the job skills and experience. This could include:

    • practical site management (e.g. habitat creation and restoration)


    • working with communities (capacity building, project development and implementation)


  • planning and undertaking countryside events, guided walks, cycle rides; and environmental education

Participants may also have access to some formal training courses.

You are not guaranteed a permanent position with us but you will be eligible to apply for our internal vacancies throughout your apprenticeship.

We recruit periodically throughout the year depending on where and when an opportunity arises.

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Last updated: 13th June 2018