Environmental Conservation Apprenticeships - Writtle University College

Environmental Conservation Apprenticeships

Horticulture

The apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation offers a wide scope of opportunities in the outdoors, including conservation of habitats and species, landscape management, management of public access and recreation management. Our Apprentices already work in a variety of roles including Park Ranger and Assistant Woodland Officer.

The practical skills and experience which you will develop whilst working towards your Environmental Conservation qualification can make you stand out to potential employers. The Apprenticeship scheme is a mix of on- and off-the-job learning and gives you the benefit of earning a wage at the same time as achieving a nationally recognised qualification.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee you can earn while you learn, gaining practical skills from the workplace, with support and training from Writtle University College. The Apprenticeship Framework is designed to allow you to develop skills that are needed for a career in Environmental Conservation by combining knowledge and vocational competency elements, with transferable skills such as English, Maths and employment rights and responsibilities with each area accredited by a national recognized qualification.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee you can earn while you learn, gaining practical skills from the workplace, with support and training from Writtle University College. The Apprenticeship Framework is designed to allow you to develop skills that are needed in the Horticulture Industry by combining knowledge and vocational competency elements, with transferable skills such as English, Maths and employment rights and responsibilities with each area accredited by a national recognized qualification.

What's involved with the Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship?

The Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship has been designed to provide you with the expertise you need and the flexible mix of units allows you to customise your learning to suit your specialism and employment. The Apprenticeship can be studied at level 2 or Intermediate or as an Advanced Apprenticeship at level 3, to suit your experience and career.

The Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship program starts in September each year. You will need to be employed within a suitable company for a minimum of 30 hours per week, including your time at College and paid at least the Apprenticeship minimum wage of 2.73 (this will rise to 3.30 from October 2015). For learners who are 19 years and above you will need to be paid the National minimum wage in the second year of the course.

Typically our apprentices attend College one day per week during term-time and work for their employer 4 days per week. During your College day you will develop your underpinning knowledge and then your learning will continue with on-the-job training in the workplace, with regular support visits from your Training Officer.

Duration

On average our level 2 Apprenticeship takes around 15- 18 months and the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships around 24 months to complete; however the timescale is flexible and will depend on the Apprentices prior experience.

The Environmental Conservation Framework is made up from a number of different recognised qualifications listed below.

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) Framework Level
 
Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) Framework Level
Diploma in:
Work-based Environmental Conservation

2
Diploma in:
Work-based Environmental Conservation

3
Functional Skills:
  • English
  • Maths

1 or 2
1 or 2
Functional Skills:
  • English
  • Maths

2
2
Personal Learning and Thinking Skill
  • Teamworking
  • Self management
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective participation
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
Personal Learning and Thinking Skill
  • Teamworking
  • Self management
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective participation
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
Employee Rights and Responsibilities Workbook Employee Rights and Responsibilities Workbook
For 16 18yrs old Apprentices the College is often able to offer a relevant Competence Certificate, for example pesticide application or machinery Competence Certificate. For 16 18yrs old Apprentices the College is often able to offer a relevant Competence Certificate, for example pesticide application or machinery Competence Certificate.

Learners completing this Apprenticeship, would look to be in the following type of job roles:

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) Framework
 
Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) Framework
Estate worker Senior Estate Worker
Assistant Park Ranger Woodland or Park Ranger
Assistant Conservation Officer Conservation Officer
Education Officer Access/recreation officer

More details of these roles can be found at www.lantra.co.uk/industries/environmental-conservation.aspx

What are the progression options?

After completing an Apprenticeship at level 2, the natural progression route would be to progress on to the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, after which the option for continuing study would be to progress in to Higher Education or alternatively the Apprentice can progress in to full time employment within the industry.

What does it cost?

16 18 year old Apprentices are fully funded. For learners who are 19yrs and above there is an employer contribution towards the cost of training.

Did you know?

Approximately 90% of our apprentices stay on with their employer after completing their apprenticeship.