Capel Manor College: Fantastic experiences and hands-on training

Capel Manor College: Fantastic experiences and hands-on training

Capel Manor College is London’s leading specialist land-based college offering a unique range of creative and industry-endorsed apprenticeships in arboriculture, environmental conservation, equine groom, floristry, horticulture, sports turf and zookeeping

The college’s apprenticeships offer fantastic experience in the working world and hands-on training, allowing you to develop your skills and put them into practice while you earn.

Success stories

Coming from the world of barbering Daniel Monge completed a L1 in horticulture at Organiclea, which introduced him to the fascinating world of plants. His career change was confirmed by starting a two-year apprenticeship at Capel Manor College in January 2018. While working and studying at the college he passed the RHS 2 certificate and, with the great gardening team, participated in many prestigious gardening show competitions.

After completing L2 and L3 in forestry and arboriculture at Capel Manor College, Angel Brown spent two years working for a local tree and garden care company. She hadn’t previously considered a career involving horticulture, but soon realised how much she enjoyed working in gardens—and how much she had yet to learn! This encouraged her to look into an apprenticeship in horticulture at the college. During her time studying she has had the pleasure of being involved with the first Ascot Spring Garden Show, where Capel Manor College won Gold and Best in Show, as well as its exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, which won Gold.

Francesco Gorni’s apprenticeship marked the beginning of a career move into horticulture. Formerly an architect, he was driven by a longstanding passion for growing plants and a desire to learn more about the environmental aspects of horticulture. While studying and working at Capel Manor College he completed the RHS L2 certificate in the principles of plant growth, propagation and development, forming a deeper understanding of the active role gardens can play in promoting conservation. It is his ambition to develop a career in conservation horticulture and international conservation programmes.

After getting an allotment and then realising she had no idea how to look after one, Laura Clark found a blog from someone who had completed an RHS L2 practical course and felt inspired to do the same. She applied for a horticultural apprenticeship at Capel Manor College and Laura says it was the best decision she ever made and is proof that you can never be too old to try something new!

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