Do you like being outdoors, working with your hands and 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.
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 sure playing conditions are just right.
This is the first step for school leavers, aged 16-19. You will work towards a qualification whilst building on employability skills, receive personal and professional development and achieve the level of Maths and English.
Level 1 Award/ Certificate/Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills
This Study Programme will provide you with a good basic understanding of the horticulture industry while giving you 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.
This qualification will not lead directly to employment but does provide a starting point for you to decide whether further learning and/or a career in horticulture is right for you.
What you will learn:
- Turf and lawn care and identifying weeds
- Plant production
- Landscaping and care for planted areas
- Applying fertilisers
- Preparing the soil and applying an organic mulch
- Preparing and planting hanging baskets
Our Pre-apprenticeship courses are a great way for 16-24 year olds to develop first-hand experience of the workplace. You’ll also get essential work preparation training and work on your maths and English if required.
Horticulture and Gardening Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are simply jobs with training. You typically receive training to support your career 1 day a week. You get paid, gain a qualification as well as valuable skills and experience. Anyone between the ages of 16-65 can apply to become an apprentice.
Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Operative
- Public parks and gardens
- Green spaces and historic gardens
- Private gardens and estates
- Production nurseries
- Retail outlets.
- First Aid certification
Horticulture or Landscape Operative, Apprenticeship Standard
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.