idverde is a keen supporter of the Apprenticeships scheme and has apprentices based on many of its contracts, who undertake practical training and theory learning through our Performance Campus and other training partners. idverde also sits on the Trailblazer group for apprenticeships, and the group is keen to hear the thoughts of those undertaking an apprenticeship, considering starting one, or looking to employ an apprentice.
The apprenticeship standards launched in 2017 and 2018 to ensure they are up to date and can meet the needs of our industries. To ensure we have the right workforce for the future, the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group for the Arborist, Forest Operative and Landscape or Horticulture Operative and Horticulture or Landscape Supervisor apprenticeships is conducting a review of these level 2/3 standards.
Following a ‘route review’ of agriculture, animal care and environmental apprenticeships, carried out by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE), this more detailed evaluation of our sector-specific standards will provide the feedback, data and contextual information to implement any improvements, amendments, or re-structuring required.
- Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Operative
- Level 3 Landscape or Horticulture Supervisor
- Level 2 Arborist
- Level 2 Forest Operative
The review for all four apprenticeships is being facilitated by the Arboricultural Association (AA), hosting a survey questionnaire and links to the relevant standards, assessment plans, etc. on the AA website: www.trees.org.uk/apprenticeship . The survey is designed to be completed by anyone involved in, or interested in, the relevant apprenticeship:
- Employers (whether currently employing apprentices or not)
- Training Providers
- Others (e.g. trade bodies, etc)
The survey will be open until 30th April 2021. The Trailblazer’s industry subgroups will then analyse the responses and produce plans for any proposed changes. This work will involve further engagement with stakeholders and any significant changes will be submitted to IFATE for approval before revised standards are launched and available for take up.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to this important review process. Our sector urgently needs to recruit competent operators and, while this is not a quick fix, it is designed to ensure that the standards are fit for purpose in bringing through the next generation of skilled arborists, foresters, landscapers and horticulturists, to meet the growing needs of our respective industries.