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Horticulture or Landscape Operative Apprenticeship (Level 2)



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1.7 years

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Course Overview

This apprenticeship is suitable for roles across industry including maintenance of community spaces and private gardens, food and plant growing and production, maintaining wildlife habitats as well as careers in sustainability and biodiversity. Employers may be charities, commercial businesses or governmental organisations and range in size from micro businesses through to large employers.

What will I learn?

You will learn a range of core knowledge, skills and behaviours including:
- Maintenance and implementation of soft/hard landscape features
- Maintain plant health, soil cultivation, plant identification
- Operating and maintaining tools, equipment and machinery
- Comply with biosecurity and invasive species legislation, industry guidance and organisational policies
- Complying with health and safety legislation
- Communicating with supervisor, colleagues, public and others.

If you choose the horticulture pathway, you will also learn:
- Seed sowing and methods of propagation and pruning
- Using hand held power tools considering the environmental conditions affecting development of plants

If you choose the landscape pathway, you will also learn:
- Prepare site for landscape construction activities including measuring and setting out site
- Construct hard landscape surfaces, structures and features for example paths, patios, decking
- Assess and repair hard structures or taking other appropriate action

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Delivered one day a week at WCUC’s Lackham campus during term time only (can be delivered remotely if needed) and in the workplace with a visit from your tutor every 10 to 12 weeks.

As part of the apprenticeship programme, you’ll need to record a minimum of 6 hours per week ‘off-the-job’ training time. This can include college attendance, work shadowing, training, workshops, online learning, tutor sessions, revision, webinars, industry visits – anything that supports your learning on the apprenticeship and supported by your dedicated assessor.

This programme is assessed by a multiple choice test, practical tasks observed by an assessor and a professional discussion based upon portfolio of evidence in preparation for EPA. The tutor will arrange college lessons covering both theory and practical learning.

On successful completion of the Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship you will hold the qualification of the Apprenticeship Standard and Level 3 Emergency First Aid plus PA1 and PA6 (Horticulture pathway) or Abrasive Wheels Certificate (Landscape pathway).

Entry Requirements

Apprentices who do not hold maths & English L1 or GSCE grades 2 (E) will need to complete these prior to Gateway.

You must have secured a position with an employer and be ready to start working with them before you can begin your apprenticeship course.

If you already have an employer and they have agreed to put you through an apprenticeship, contact the Apprenticeship team and we'll get you started. Email or call 0845 345 2235.

Additional Costs and Information

This apprenticeship lasts 24 plus 3 months for the End Point Assessment (EPA) and begins in June or October.

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