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Learn how to transform the outdoors at our Lackham Campus. Whether you want to work in parks and public spaces or historic gardens and estates, learn and specialise in soft- or hard-landscaping depending on your ambitions, and open the doors to a varied, practical and fulfilling industry in horticulture or landscape gardening. Whether you choose horticulture or landscaping, your classroom for hands-on learning will be our 1600 acre estate. With a variety of typical lowland and manmade environments including forests, wetlands, sports pitches and manicured lawns, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to support and enrich your time in your place of work.
What will I learn?
Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries. This course will give you key skills as a worker, such as communication and customer care, teamwork and environmental skills, as well as industry-specific skills. The apprenticeship offers two pathways, giving you the opportunity to tailor your learning to your interests. The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and growth, while landscaping focuses on the installation of features and structures. You’ll learn how to operate a wide range of tools, equipment and machinery, practise planting, plant growth, development and identification, soil cultivation and site presentation.
Minimum Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.
All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.
A Level 1 or another Level 2 qualification in Horticulture or other Land-based related subjects could be an advantage.
You need to be 16 years old or over to take this qualification.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Full time apprentices will typically spend 12 months on-programme working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.
You will take an End Point Assessment (EPA)? once your employer is satisfied that you is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard.
Assessment is by written, practical and industry-based assignments.
Additional Costs and Information
An Intermediate apprenticeship in?Horticulture and Landscape Operatives will usually take?12 months?to complete.
You will attend college for one day per week during term time?as part of your training.
To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
- Landscape Designer
- Head Gardener
- Horticultural Lecturer
- Garden Designer
- Arboriculture Specialist
- Grounds Maintenance Operative