Horticulture and Gardening Apprenticeships

From gardening to greenkeeping: jobs in the open-air

Do you want to work in the open-air creating spaces that people can enjoy? Every green space needs to be skilfully maintained and careers in horticulture are more wide-ranging than you may think.

Ofsted Good and Go Landscape YMCA Horticulture apprenticeships

As a gardener and landscaper, you might find yourself planning and maintaining large gardens, parks and other green spaces. But you can also specialise in green spaces that are used for sport, think golf greens and sports pitches - these require extensive skilled maintenance to make playing conditions are just right.

The new Apprenticeship Standards have been created with sectors employers, so you can be sure that you're learning the knowledge and practical skills employers' really value. In the last five years over 3,000 apprentices have trained with us.

Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Operative

24 months

Work in:

  • Public parks and gardens
  • Green spaces and historic gardens
  • Private gardens and estates
  • Production nurseries
  • Retail outlets.


  • First Aid certification

As a horticulture apprentice you’ll learn all about plants in a practical hands-on way.

  • Which plants will thrive in which environment?
  • How is a particular species grown and what planting techniques should you use?
  • How can you develop and maintain the landscape?

You can expect to develop your practical knowledge of: soil cultivation, irrigation, workplace health and safety (the correct use of gardening tools and machinery), first aid training and how to handle and apply pesticides safely.

One pathway specialises in plant propagation, planting and aftercare, the other in landscaping, landscape materials and construction and maintenance. 

This Apprenticeship Standard qualification has been designed by 18 employers, so you can be sure that it meets the needs of the modern horticultural industry. Designed by: City of London, English Heritage, National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society.

Full specification: Horticulture or Landscape Operative, Apprenticeship Standard

Horticulture opportunities

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Apprentice Landscaper

Gavin Jones Ltd

We are looking for an Apprentice Landscaper to join to join our Landscape Construction team.

Closing date:

West Yorkshire, WF14 0BY

£171.00 per week


Closing date: 31/10/2021

Garden Services Apprentice

Guinness Partnership

We have an exciting opportunity for a Garden Services Apprentice.

Your hours of work will be Monday to Friday (35 hours per week) between 08:00am – 16:00pm. The areas covered by t... read more

Closing date:

East Sussex, BN9 0QF

£150.50 per week


Closing date: 09/10/2021
“I want to climb the ladder as high as possible. I want to have something in my name that people know me for. This is the first step that I need to take – it’s the qualification that will enable me to do what I want to do.” – George

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