Several employers have already decided to take on the trainees as full blown apprentices, it’s pretty good going to impress your employer in just a week, to the point where they want to keep you on!
Hopefully this means that this cohort will soon be able to put into practice in the workplace, the climbing skills that they demonstrated at the end of their training weeks.
The Arb Academy ran a ROLO course for YGS Landscapes, and Hooper Tree Services on Tuesday. ROLO (Register of Landbased Operatives) is a health and safety course designed by BALI, The British Association of Landscape Industries. It is required by many companies for people whose staff work on construction sites. It is supposed to raise awareness of health and safety on sites, and also to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the people who work on them. It covers everything from understanding how health and safety law works, to accident reporting and risk assessment. It is a challenging and fact filled day, with much interaction and questioning, and ends with a 30 minute multiple choice exam. All of the attendees passed, so congratulations to them!
Wednesday saw Dale and Ryan from KJ Thulborn Ltd, undergoing their felling assessment with Simon Phillips the City and Guilds/ NPTC Assessor. The assessment requires them to fell two trees and process them to site requirements. There is also a large amount of underpinning knowledge which is tested by questioning. After several hours of gruelling work and forensic questioning by Simon, both apprentices passed with flying colours- Well Done!!
As we now go into Autumn, it is great to watch the trees changing character. A bit of yellow and red is creeping in. Last year with some fairly cold nights, it intensified the colours of trees in the Dart valley where we do a lot of our training.
Being a tree surgeon and working outdoors, can sometimes be a bit challenging with hot and wet weather, but it makes you very aware of the seasons, and most of the time, I couldn’t want for a better place to work!
So while there are still leaves on the trees, it is time to give our students the first of several tree identification tests. They need to know 30 species from leaves and buds, and be able to know and use the botanical name. This takes quite some time to master, and the students will have been using the identification books and swatting up all Summer. Now we are going to put that hard earned knowledge to the test!!
Normally I return from conference fired up with lots of new tree knowledge, that I intend to share with the trainees -whether they like it or not!!