Did you know that Horticulture in England employs almost 860,000 people, with the landscaping industry alone contributing £3 billion to the UK economy?
There are many specialist areas in Horticulture that Writtle can support you in starting an exciting new career in. These include:
- General horticulture, such as plant nurseries
- Sports turf - groundsmanship or golf greenkeeping
- Public parks and green spaces
Skills, experience and qualifications can all make you stand out to potential employers as you progress your career, so why not consider the best of both worlds with a Horticulture Apprenticeship, to give you a mix of on- and off-the-job learning at the same time as a nationally recognised qualification and earning a wage.
What is an Apprenticeship?Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee you can earn while you learn, gaining practical skills from the workplace, with support and training from Writtle University College. The Apprenticeship Framework is designed to allow you to develop skills that are needed in the Horticulture Industry by combining knowledge and vocational competency elements, with transferable skills such as English, Maths and employment rights and responsibilities – with each area accredited by a national recognized qualification.
What's involved with the Horticulture Apprenticeship?The Horticulture Apprenticeship has been designed to provide you with the expertise you need and the flexible mix of units allows you to customise your learning to suit your specialism and employment. The Apprenticeship can be studied at level 2 or Intermediate or as an Advanced Apprenticeship at level 3, to suit your experience and career.
The Horticulture Apprenticeship program has three intakes spread through the year. You will need to be employed within a suitable company for a minimum of 30 hours per week, including your time at College and paid at least the Apprenticeship minimum wage of £3.40. For learners who are 19 years and above you will need to be paid the National minimum wage in the second year of the course.
Typically our apprentices attend College one day per week during term-time and work for their employer 4 days per week. During your College day you will develop your underpinning knowledge and then your learning will continue with on-the-job training in the workplace, with regular support visits from your Training Officer.
DurationOn average our level 2 Apprenticeship takes around 16- 20 months and the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships around 24 months to complete; however the timescale is flexible and will depend on the Apprentices prior experience.
The Horticulture Framework is made up from a number of different recognised qualifications listed below.
(Level 2) Framework
(Level 3) Framework
Work Based Horticulture
Work Based Horticulture
1 or 2
1 or 2
|Personal Learning and Thinking Skill
||Personal Learning and Thinking Skill
|Emergency First Aid & One legislative or nationally recognised occupational test||Emergency First Aid & One legislative or nationally recognised occupational test|
|Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook||Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook|
Learners completing this Apprenticeship, would look to be in the following type of job roles:
|Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) Framework||
||Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) Framework|
|Landscaper||Deputy Head Greenkeeper|
|Nursery Worker||Deputy Head Groundsman|
More details of these roles can be found at www.lantra.co.uk/Industries/Horticulture-Landscaping-and-Sports-Turf.aspx
What are the progression options?
After completing an Apprenticeship at level 2, the natural progression route would be to progress on to the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, after which the option for continuing study would be to progress in to Higher Education or alternatively the Apprentice can progress in to full time employment within the industry.
What does it cost?
16 – 18 year old Apprentices are fully funded. For learners who are 19yrs and above there is an employer contribution towards the cost of training.
Finding an Apprenticeship employer
To see our current Apprenticeship job opportunities click here.
Telephone01245 424200 - Ext 26060
Our opening hours (UK time)Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm
We are here to help
If you have any questions about becoming an apprentice or have a query about employing an apprentice, contact us.
A high proportion of students and apprentices achieve their vocational qualifications, qualifications in English and mathematics, and move on to employment, further training or higher education.
Ofsted inspection report 2018