What will I learn?
The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore two options are available for this occupation;
- Landscape Operative
The employment area will dictate the option pursued. The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. The landscape operative option focuses on the installation of features and structures; application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management.
Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers. Often people new to the industry will start in a ‘hands-on’ role covering a range of practical tasks, with specialist skills being learnt through progression. A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the works undertaken.
Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries.
The following will be provided as part of the apprenticeship:
- Level 3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work
- The Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1) NPTC – Award – Level 2
- Pesticide Application Hand Held (PA6) NPTC – Award – Level 2
To comply with legislation and industry standards, individuals who wish to work in some sectors of the industry may have to complete additional certificates of training, statutory licences and health and safety approved competency cards in order to be permitted on to a worksite
As part of the apprenticeship programme you will be required to undertake both on and off-the-job training. While your employer will be responsible for your training on-the-job (workplace), the College and your employer will be jointly responsible for your off-the-job training enabling you to help develop the right knowledge, skills and behaviours to become competent in your job role.
You will attend College on a day-release basis during term-time for the duration of your programme with us, to gain knowledge and develop some practical skills. The College will agree additional off-the-job training with your employer to ensure you develop the majority of your skills and behaviours in the workplace.
What grades will I need?
Five GCSEs at 9–3/A*–E (Including English and Maths).
How will I be assessed?
Apprentices must meet the knowledge, skills, and behaviours as defined within the standard. All apprentices must take an independent assessment at the end of their training to assess their ability and competence in their job role.
Where will it lead me?
Landscape or Horticulture Supervisor