The EU-ARB project has been designed to the meet the needs of arborists involved within high risk UA activities particularly within energy sectors of industry responsible for vegetation/tree management.
Recent European & UK statistics indicate a rising workplace fatality rate associated with hazardous work undertaken by arborists. Previous project partner research also reported related health & safety concerns within this sector & developed a framework for common European VET competence standards.
These standards can be adapted & developed further for use within the Utility Arboriculture (UA) occupations. At the same time this project aims to facilitate best practice & high quality instruction amongst VET providers & skills trainers of UA courses across Europe & beyond, exchanging knowledge, training innovations & expertise in the process leading to safer trained arborists
Achieving the key needs requires the following objectives to be met:
1. Develop innovative European occupational standards in UA
2. Improve transparency and recognition of UA skills via innovative European qualifications accredited by ABA International
3. Enhance utility arborists mobility and employability throughout Europe
4. Encourage & promote life-long learning and continuous professional development within the UA sector
The project consists of a very experienced & capable partnership of 7 organisations (not including associates) tasked to ensure its success.
Their make-up consists of UA VET & project management specialists, private & public bodies, non-profit organisations, energy industry distribution network operators & government institutions in the education sectors.