Horticulture & Landscape Operative - Level 2 Apprenticeship

Writtle University College are excited to be rolling out the new Horticulture and Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Standard, which has been specifically designed by employers to meet the needs of industry and provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in your industry.

The Apprenticeship provides a blend of practical hands on experience with the underpinning knowledge. At the end of the Apprenticeship you will be required to complete an independent End-Point Assessment to prove you have gained the required skills to achieve the Apprenticeship.

You will:

  • Work in your chosen industry for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Get paid a minimum of the Apprenticeship Wage.
  • Study in a flexible way - students attend College one day a week and work with their employer for the rest of the week.
  • Be assessed and graded with either a pass, merit or distinction at the end of your programme by an Independent Assessment Organisation.
  • Complete Functional Skills in English and Maths or there is the option to study for Maths and English GCSE (depending on previous qualifications)*.
  • Complete work-related tasks and assessments.
  • Receive mentoring visits in your workplace from your Writtle University College Training Officer, who will provide support, assess and review your progress.
  • Gain a City & Guilds accredited and nationally recognised qualification.

Course Content

Examples of some of the topics you may cover (depending on pathway)

  • Assess, repair and maintain hard structures
  • Biosecurity
  • Business
  • Communication & Customer care
  • Cultivate and maintain soft landscape elements
  • Free hand cutting and bench cutting of landscape materials
  • Health and Safety
  • Install hard landscape features
  • Tools, equipment and machinery
  • Interpretation of drawings
  • Ornamental turf management
  • Plant health
  • Plant identification
  • Planting, Plant growth and development
  • Propagation and Growing media for plant production
  • Pruning
  • Set out site and site preparation
  • Soil science and cultivation
  • Use of abrasive wheels
  • Water feature construction
  • Vegetation Control
  • Watering techniques

Further details on the course content can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website.

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.

How do I apply?

An apprentice needs to be in paid employment, so whilst you can apply for the Apprenticeship before you find an employer, you'll need to be employed before you can start the course. Many of our Apprentices already worked or volunteered for the companies who then decide to support them through their Apprenticeship. Our employers range from large local authorities and national contractors to micro companies. We are always happy to provide your employers with the information they need regarding potentially employing an Apprentice and can offer advice, however small or large businesses may be.

I don't have an employer

If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice, but don't have an employer please visit our website for tips on how to find an employer and to see a list of our current Apprenticeship vacancies.

I have an employer

If you have secured or are already in relevant paid employment with an employer willing to support you through the apprenticeship please complete the application form.