Tree Surgery Apprenticeship


Do you enjoy outdoor activity?

Do you enjoy nature?

Are you physically fit?

If you can answer yes to these three questions, you may want to consider working as an Arborist (Tree Surgeon).

Our client is a small tree surgery based in Sharlston near Pontefract. Most of the work they undertake is situated in the Yorkshire, Humber and Lincolnshire region. The life of a Tree Surgeon can be varied, but in short you’d be doing everything from trimming hedges to climbing large trees.

Here’s the role in a bit more detail-


·         Recognise health and safety needs onsite and work safely

·         Understand the use of risk assessments and method statements

·         Take instruction from the job supervisor and other senior work colleagues.

·         Work to a job specification,

·         Select appropriate equipment for the task

·         Set out work place signage (highway & non highway) and assists with traffic control

·         Process tree work arisings using appropriate machinery

·         Take appropriate care of tools, equipment and customer property

·         Recognise a basic range of tree and shrub species using common and scientific names

·         Identify pests, diseases, disorders and tree defects

·         Carry out a range of ground-based pruning operations and hedge trimming

·         Dismantle and process trees

·         Support aerial tree workers whom may be using Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) or climbing

·         The transfer of equipment for aerial tree work operations and rigging and lowering of branches

·         Learn how to perform an aerial rescue of colleague from a rope and harness and a MEWP

·         Work safely at height in the tree under supervision

·         Prepare sites for planting, plant trees and provide support, protection and aftercare


·         Has a safety mind-set to protect self, colleagues and others

·         Works effectively within a team/crew

·         Consistently presents a professional manner both in appearance, language and behaviour

·         Is reliable: consistently attends work and arrives on time

·         Communicates effectively with the job supervisor, colleagues, clients and others to achieve the specification

·         Willingness to listen and learn new skills


Working safely with others is of vital importance and during the course of the training you will learn how to safely use a wide variety of equipment used to prune, dismantle and process trees.

In addition to your work, you will also be expected to attend Askam Bryan Agricultural College to learn technical aspects to the role of an Arborist.

The apprenticeship normally takes 12 months to complete, further details can be found here.

The hourly rate is £4.50 per hour.

Askham Bryan College


We offer courses that specialise in tree surgery practices (Arboriculture), which is the science and practice of producing and managing trees and shrubs in both urban and rural locations. To support learning we have extensive facilities including fantastic tree collection and access to woodland gardens and native woodlands. We also have excellent laboratory facilities, maintenance workshops and specialist industry equipment. This sector offers you the opportunity to gain essential skills in exciting and challenging areas such as chainsaw use and learning to climb trees to a professional standard, while also gaining underpinning knowledge on tree and plant biology as well as woodland management.


This course comprises of on-the-job training at your place of work with some College-based study scheduled throughout the year. The Intermediate Apprenticeship comprises of the Work-Based Diploma at Level 2 plus functional skills. This Apprenticeship and Level 2 Work-Based Diploma offers course themes such as tree identification and properties, felling and processing small trees, cross cutting and stacking, safe use of mobile elevated work platforms, ground work, chainsaw use from a rope and harness and chainsaw maintenance, tree climbing and aerial rescue, controlling local pollution incidents, health and safety and preparing safe working sites. Opportunities exist to take additional specialist qualifications, but charges may apply.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry qualifications are required. You need an appropriate work placement or to be in relevant employment to qualify for the course. We may be able to help you to find a suitable position.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this Apprenticeship you could go on to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Tree Surgey (Arboriculture). Alternatively if you are a mature learner with relevant qualifications you could progress onto the Foundation Degree in Arboriculture.

To apply

To apply, please send a copy of your CV with a covering note explaining why you wish to be considered to