Wood and Timber Industries

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship helps you train employees with roles in sawmilling, manufacturing and construction.

It’s offered at two levels – for people who are completely new to these industries, and for those who want to develop their skills further. This apprenticeship includes a choice of different learning pathways, making it suitable across a range of roles.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5, 6 or 7.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

To start at SCQF Level 5, candidates should be employed in the wood and timber industry and work in Scotland. To start at SCQF Level 6 or 7, candidates should have completed the SCQF Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship or have equivalent qualifications or experience. They should be employed in the wood and timber industry and work in Scotland.

Progression and development

After completing the apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5, your employees will be able to take on more specialised tasks in their area of expertise, and/or move onto the SCQF level 6 Modern Apprenticeship. After completing at SCQF Level 6, your employees will be able to move into a more specialised role in the wood and timber industry, including higher level jobs such as:

  • team leader

  • supervisor

Or they could move into functional roles in the wood and timber industry such as:

  • design

  • marketing

  • sales

  • planning

  • procurement

  • finance

  • warehouse and distribution

They could also progress onto higher-level qualifications, including assessor and verifier qualifications.


How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take 12 to 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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