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), Employer 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.
The Intermediate Apprenticeship usually takes between 15 and 18 months to complete and the Advanced Apprenticeship normally takes between 18 and 24 months.
More advanced courses are available for further progression.
Work as a floral, crop, fruit or 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.
Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Horticulture
Brett had a number of jobs after completing his GCSEs, including agency and factory work, but decided he wanted to improve his career prospects by studying horticulture at Riseholme College.
Q: What do you like about Riseholme College?
A: The staff and pupils are all very friendly and the teachers provide excellent support. They are always prepared to help and provide further information on topics.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The course is enabling me to improve my practical gardening skills and theoretical knowledge. The combination of work-based assessments and days at College are very conducive to learning.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I hope to improve my horticultural knowledge and become a better and more confident gardener. In the future I hope to be a head gardener at a stately home.