About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 3 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the environmental conservation industry.
If you successfully complete the apprenticeship, you'll gain a level 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the industry.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in environmental conservation will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete both the competence-based and knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship, or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
Any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 2 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 2 as well as the essential skills above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications
Apprentices need to complete both a competency-based and a knowledge-based qualification, from the list below.
- City & Guilds Diploma in Work Based Environmental Conservation (in one of the following pathways: Environmental Conservation; Access and Recreation; or Flood Risk Managements) 500/9054/9
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.
Employers may apply their own criteria at the recruitment stage.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 framework in environmental conservation.
You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you've:
- already gained significant work experience in your occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the level 2 environmental conservation framework and can show you can achieve a level 3 standard
- previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the Level 2 apprenticeshipsni environmental conservation framework
See also the DfE operational requirements.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
You must complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook for this framework. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from training suppliers that the ERR has been completed.
To enhance and facilitate progression within the environmental conservation industry, you're also advised to complete a one-day emergency first aid course approved by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
It's the training contractor/ college's responsibility to make sure all components of this framework are delivered in line with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 330 Issue 06: 09/20) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy.
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