Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Location: Workplace or at our Brooksby campus
  • Fees: The apprentice does not have to pay any fees.
    If you're an employer, the Apprenticeship Levy may apply.

Your future

Learners can progress onto a higher level apprenticeship or into employment within the Forestry industry.

Entry requirements

  • Age 16+
  • Other entry requirements are dependent on the employer but relevant experience would be advantageous.
  • Relevant school subjects include DT and Geography.

Course Details

Managing trees, plants and the environment in forests and woodland.

Forestry is the art, science and practice of woodland establishment, maintenance and management, and timber harvesting.

A forest operative will carry out the practical operations required to create, maintain and harvest forests and woodlands. You may carry out operations across the range, from planting to harvesting, or specialise in a particular part of the process. You’ll do challenging work outdoors and in all weathers. develop and understanding of the full range of forestry operations, and appreciate the relationship between environmental and social forestry.


The forest operative apprenticeship offers two specialisms:

  • Harvesting*
  • Establishment and maintenance

*The harvesting option will result in you achieving in a Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing Trees over a certain height.

How to Find an Apprenticeship

There are three ways in which you can find an apprenticeship:

  • You can find your own employer and approach BMC to be your provider. This is the preferred route for most students.
  • You van view our current apprenticeship vacancies here.
  • You can use the Government’s national database to find apprenticeship vacancies here.

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to study at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses and apprenticeships at BMC.

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