Horticulture apprenticeship

Horticulture apprenticeship

The Horticulture apprenticeship covers both amenity and production horticulture, which in turn covers a vast range of horticulture occupations, and would be a good choice for anyone interested in working outdoors and with plants.

Amenity horticulture includes landscaping, which covers the planning, creation and maintenance of designed landscapes, both urban and rural. A designed landscape is basically any piece of ground that had been changed to make it fit for purpose, rather than left in its wild state. Amenity horticulture also includes sports turf, golf courses, parks and planning of domestic gardens. It is possible that some businesses work on large projects like motorway landscape construction, while others provide services like domestic gardening.

Production horticulture deals with the large-scale production of plants for food and ornamental purposes. This includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, plants, flowers and trees for sale. Businesses that an apprentice may be working in will range in size from small private nurseries to specialist farms. Horticulture is a major UK industry experiencing constant development through research.

The nature of the apprenticeship will depend on your employer – you could find yourself working as a landscaper or gardener. You may learn how to clear sites for planting or how to maintain equipment.

On the Advanced Level apprenticeship, you could move into a specialist or supervisory role and be involved in planning various activities. Particular health and safety training may be required for different areas of work.

Level:

Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

£11,000–£15,000

Job roles:

Intermediate Level – Gardener, Grounds maintenance worker, Landscaper, Greenkeeper, Groundsman, Nursery worker, Horticultural production worker

Advanced Level – Senior gardener, Deputy head gardener, Garden designer, Landscape supervisor, Deputy head greenkeeper, Deputy head groundsman, Nursery supervisor, Horticultural technician, Horticultural production supervisor

Issuing Authority:

Lantra – www.lantra.co.uk