Hortability is a bespoke programme designed by YMCA Training and the Monday Charitable Trust to engage, support and train disabled people to start a career in the horticulture industry.
With its first two cohorts in Salford, the programme will be tailored to meet individual needs, with a reduced tutor-to-learner ratio, shorter days and specialised equipment. You will gain a good basic understanding of the horticulture industry while getting practical gardening skills in a realistic setting. You could go into a fulfilling career working in a wide-range of places from sports grounds to garden centres.
The programme involves participating in a Practical Horticulture Skills course, a ten-day course designed to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to begin your career as a horticulturist.
The course will lead to a nationally recognised City & Guilds qualification, the Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills.
You’ll learn a variety of skills such as:
- Turf care and identifying weeds
- Plant production and care for a planted area
- Pruning techniques for a variety of plants
- Applying fertilisers
- Preparing soil and applying an organic mulch
- Preparing and planting a hanging basket
For your assessment, you'll give practical demonstrations of the skills you learned throughout the course.
To enrol you must be:
- over 18 years old
- interested in horticulture/gardening
- able to complete a pre-course assessment
10-weeks (one day per week)
Friday 23rd August 2019
Friday 8th November 2019
The Old Coach House
25 Bolton Road