There are a range of different routes into the sector and an even broader range of careers become available as you develop your skills and knowledge with qualifications and experience.
An apprenticeship is a real job, with a salary, which is combined with twenty percent off-the-job training that allows you to earn while you gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships vary in length but current Forestry & Arb apprenticeships take typically between 12 – 24 months to complete. While apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England, there are different entry requirements depending on the sector, job previous achievements, and level of apprenticeship.
Vocational qualifications are designed to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge and skills required to be able to perform a particular job. A vocational qualification gives the learner a proof that he or she is adequately trained for a particular workplace, once the qualification has been achieved. There are over 40 land-based and agricultural colleges offering further education vocational courses at Levels 2 and 3 linked to forestry or arboriculture.
There are a wide variety of academic qualifications that can be selected and completed by all those wishing to work in forestry. Forestry and arboriculture courses are offered by colleges and universities all across the UK. Universities and colleges increasingly offer flexible ways to study including part-time, day release and distance learning.
Distance learning providers will ether send you learning materials to complete at home or will provide you with access to learning materials on line (e-Learning). Distance learning courses in most cases are still recognised qualifications but you should check with the provider before undertaking any qualification.