As an apprentice you will have a job and earn a wage whilst building up knowledge and skills within the horticulture industry. These apprenticeships are a framework of qualifications made up of a Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture, Functional Skills (English and Maths), Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).
- Levelling and preparing sites for landscaping
- Establishing decorative amenity areas
- Maintaining the condition of sports turf surfaces
- Planning and renovating planted areas
- Safe use and application of pesticides.
These apprenticeships usually take between 16 and 36 months to complete.
More advanced courses are available at the college for further progression.
Work as a groundsperson, fruit and vegetable grower, greenhouse worker, assistant florist, horticulture store assistant and many more. More senior positions can then be pursued.
For the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you must have GCSE English and Maths at grade E or 3 or equivalent. For the Advanced Apprenticeship, you must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Horticulture and have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent. For both levels, you must also pass an initial assessment, secure work as an apprentice and have one satisfactory reference.