The Advanced Apprenticeship will stand you in good stead for supervisory and management roles in the horticulture industry.
You will gain more specialist knowledge and skills as well as the confidence, versatility and problem-solving abilities you need to succeed.
You must be in employment and be committed to a career in the horticulture industry. Entry qualifications are flexible and can include a relevant Level 2 qualification in Horticulture or a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above, preferably including English Language, Maths and a Science.
You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.
Training is largely work-based, with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your ability and theoretical understanding and your progress will be regularly reviewed and assessed.
You will need to provide safety boots, overalls, waterproofs and writing materials.
There are no course fees for applicants aged 16-18. For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required towards the cost of training.
You can advance to higher education to take a foundation or honours degree in subjects such as Horticulture, Garden and Landscape Design, Plant Science and Horticulture Production Management.
You can progress your career into roles such as horticultural technician, garden designer, senior gardener, head groundsman or parks officer.
A loving grandfather’s gift of an allotment sowed the seeds of a growing career which is being nurtured by Derby College.
Calum Reeves was just eight when his grandad passed away and he inherited the plot they had spent hours together tending.
Now aged 18, Callum has a part-time job as a fruit and vegetable gardener at the National Trust-owned Clumber Park Estate, while working towards his Level 3 Diploma in Horticultural Studies at Broomfield Hall.
Callum has already gained a distinction at Level 2, and his achievements are all the more remarkable given he is dyslexic and left school with no GCSEs.
Without the help of the college I wouldn’t have got this nice job. I would have had no chance if the staff hadn’t been there to help me get my CV together.