You will be provided with a foundation in a broad range of skills required to work competently within the horticulture industry.
You will be taught practical skills and theoretical background knowledge at College and be expected to practise and develop these skills in the workplace.
College attendance is required on a weekly day-release basis.
You must be employed within and committed to a career in the horticulture industry. 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.
NB. If you do not currently have employment in the horticulture industry, we can help you with this too. Please look at our website for current vacancies.
The apprenticeship includes:
You will need safety boots, overalls, waterproofs and writing materials.
For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required towards the cost of training.
You may consider taking your qualifications to the next level with an advanced apprenticeship, incorporating the Diploma in Work-based Horticulture Level 3.
This course is designed to give you a sound base of different horticultural skills and knowledge enabling you to progress in your chosen career area, or move to other areas within the horticultural industry after your training has finished.
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.