Horticulture, Greenkeeping and Sports Turf Apprenticeships

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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 of Horticulture that Writtle can support you in starting an exciting new career in or if you are already in the industry they can support you to develop your skills to progress.

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 or Sports Turf Apprenticeship, to give you a mix of on- and off-the-job learning at the same time as studying and earning a wage.

Horticulture Apprenticeships are available in:

  • Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative - Level 2
  • Horticulture and Landscape Supervisor - Level 3
  • Golf Greenkeeping - Level 2
  • Sports Turf Operative - Level 2

What is an Apprenticeship?

The Apprenticeship offers an exciting, hands-on way to start or progress your career whilst being in paid employment - what a great combination! Apprenticeships are designed to allow you to develop skills that are needed in your chosen industry by combining knowledge and vocational competency elements, with transferable skills such as English and Maths.

Writtle is excited to be rolling out the new Apprenticeship Standards at Level 2, which have been specifically designed by employers to meet the needs of industry and provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in your industry.

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. 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.


On average our level 2 Apprenticeships take around 20-24 months and the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships around 24 months; however the time scale of an Apprenticeship is flexible and will depend on the Apprentices prior experience.

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