The Advanced Apprenticeship will stand you in good stead for supervisory and management roles in the horticulture industry.
You will gain more specialist knowledge and skills as well as the confidence, versatility and problem-solving abilities you need to succeed.
You must be in employment and be committed to a career in the horticulture industry. Entry qualifications are flexible and can include a relevant Level 2 qualification in Horticulture or a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above, preferably including English Language, Maths and a Science.
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.
Training is largely work-based, with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace.
You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your ability and theoretical understanding and your progress will be regularly reviewed and assessed.
You will need to provide safety boots, overalls, waterproofs and writing materials.
There are no course fees for applicants aged 16-18. For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required towards the cost of training.
You can advance to higher education to take a foundation or honours degree in subjects such as Horticulture, Garden and Landscape Design, Plant Science and Horticulture Production Management.
You can progress your career into roles such as horticultural technician, garden designer, senior gardener, head groundsman or parks officer.
Tree surgeon Nathanael Confaloni had an inkling that he could run a business, but somehow doubted that he ever would.
But after taking Horticulture Level 2 and 3 at Derby College, and with a little nudge from his lecturers, that is exactly what he is doing.
Nathanael, 24, got a love for gardening and landscaping from both of his green-fingered grandfathers. He decided to take Horticulture at Broomfield Hall. The Level 2 course – "it was really good" – gave him skills and knowledge in areas such as plant nursery, landscaping and plant stock.
He said Level 3 furthered his skills and gave him the option of going on to university. But during college, Nathanael had worked part-time with the landscaping and tree surgery business, MW Haspel. When he was offered a full-time job, he decided to go down that route, and also gained his qualifications for tree surgery.
After a period with another business, Nathanael accepted the opportunity to return and run and manage MW Haspel's tree surgery operation.Derby College had given him the skills and knowledge to set him on the road, with Level 3 giving him "a really helpful" insight into business management.
His dad also managed his own business, fitting security cameras and lights, which provided useful background knowledge. In future he said he may have the opportunity to take on the business entirely. And the best part of the job? The "awesome" views from the top of the tallest trees.
When I started at college I kind of thought of the idea of setting up on my own but didn't really think I would run a business. The lecturers gave me a little push and a bit of advice. Derby College was very important to me.
It's given me the skills and the knowledge I've got now. The lecturers were absolutely brilliant – all of them.