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.
Former Horticulture learner Dan Brennen flew the flag for Broomfield Hall by scooping a gold medal in the WorldSkills UK final – after building a garden in just 18 hours.
Dan, now studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, impressed industry experts who judged his efforts at the Skills Show held at the NEC.
There to represent Derby College, he was part of a team which built a garden from scratch, including laying block paving and slabs, building raised beds, installing a water feature and planting.
Dan’s success gave him the chance to work with a specialist training team to prepare for a further WorldSkills challenge in Northern Ireland – so he gained even more skills to take forward into his working life.
Being part of WorldSkills was a fantastic experience and I’ve learnt so much. The additional training I’ve done as part of the competition will earn me a Level 4 qualification which, along with my degree, will hopefully greatly improve my job prospects after university.