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Have your say on the future of arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape apprenticeships

  20/11/2019
Last Updated:  26/11/2019
The Insitute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has launched a major review of apprenticeships for Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care in England. 

The review will recommend changes to our existing apprenticeships and set the priorities for apprenticeships in our industries going forwards. 

A consultation supporting this review is now open until 4 December.

Visit here to take part in the consultation.

It is relevant to employers, training providers, apprentices and anyone else with an interest in the future of the occupations covered. These include:
  • Arborist
  • Forest Operative
  • Horticulture / Landscape Operative
  • Horticulture / Landscape Supervisor

By engaging with the consultation, you will help us to make sure our existing apprenticeships meet the needs of employers, learners and training providers.You will also influence the future of apprenticeships in our industries.

The Institute’s Chief Executive, Sir Gerry Berragan, said:

“The work that’s been done so far by all the employers and stakeholders with developing apprenticeships has been hugely appreciated. However, we must make sure that the oldest are moving forward at the same pace as these occupations.

“This review will help us improve the quality of those apprenticeship standards to make sure they meet the needs of both employers and apprentices. This is a great opportunity for those who are involved with apprenticeships in these occupations to have their say and I look forward to seeing some of the feedback.”


The Institute will publish recommendations resulting from this route review in Summer 2020.

Dr Jude Capper, Route Panel Chair for the , said:

“It is great to be starting to review apprenticeships, to make sure that they’re of the highest quality and meet the demands of the both employers and apprentices. I’d encourage everybody with an interest to provide feedback. This will help us create the very best apprenticeships that we can and to find new ways to improve that will ensure the apprenticeships remain innovative and future-proof.”

Visit here to take part in the consultation.