Horticulture

Horticulture

“Working outdoors in either production or amenity horticulture, from landscaping to food production”

The horticulture apprenticeship covers both amenity and production horticulture, which in turn cover a vast range of roles, and would be a good choice for anyone interested in working outdoors and with plants. Amenity includes landscaping, which covers the planning, creation and maintenance of designed landscapes, both urban and rural. Amenity also includes sports turf, golf courses, parks and planning of domestic gardens. 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. 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. As an advanced apprentice, you could move into a specialist or supervisory role, which would include supervision of others, including teams.

Duration: 20 to 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and art

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but GCSEs likely for intermediate and advanced. Alternatively, relevant experience would be advantageous

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels at grades A to E

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

More information: www.afo.sscalliance.org/frameworks-library/index.cfm?id=FR02699

Apply: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/vacancies