Approx. duration: 24 months
Start Date: Anytime
Attendance: All assessment and training is undertaken in the workplace with occasional visits to college
Entry requirements: Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You may be required to come into an interview and assessment. Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSE’s including Maths & English 9-3 or equivalent. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week, and have a contract of employment.
On-programme learning: Horticulture/Landscape Operative Standard, Emergency First Aid at Work, Safe use of Pesticides, Functional Skills Maths and English
End-point assessment: Lantra
Progression: Apprentices successfully completing have the opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture or other Further Education courses
Course Summary: Horticulture and Landscape Operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets. Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft- landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated area.
The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore two options are available for this occupation; horticulture and landscape construction. The employment area will dictate the option pursued. The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. The landscape construction option focuses on the installation of features and structures; application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management.