The Horticulture Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship framework is designed with industry to provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge required and support future progression in the industry. The minimum duration of the Intermediate Apprenticeship is 20 months and Advanced Apprenticeship is 24 months.
The Diploma in Work-based Horticulture within the framework has a number of routes and depending on the sub-sector apprentices are working in, there are a range of jobs, eg. Gardener, Landscaper, Nursery Worker, Fruit and Vegetable Production Worker, Greenkeeper.
Following completion of the Apprenticeship, learners can progress within Horticulture or through vocational courses at a land-based college.
Horticulture is a broad and varied industry that can be split into four main areas:
• Landscaping comprising of many different types of business and employment, including both the public and private sectors. Businesses range from small contracting firms to large integrated, multi-national companies and local authorities.
• Production horticulture is made up of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) many of which are family run. This typically includes businesses producing fruit, vegetables, protected crops, plants, flowers, bulbs, nursery stock and trees.
• Sports turf and golf greenkeeping which includes managing and maintaining sports turf/grounds that are to be used for sport but need to meet specific requirements. Typically they are small industries and may even be part of a larger organisation.
• Parks, gardens and green space comprises of local authority parks and greenspace, private gardens, heritage and botanic gardens
There are no specific entry requirements for the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture, however, there are qualifications and courses that will help learners understand the sector prior to starting:
Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Operations
Level 1 Diploma in Horticulture
Level 1 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture
Level 1 NVQ in Amenity/Production Horticulture
Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills
Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Work-based Land-based Operations
Units taken as part of Foundation Learning Have previously worked in, or are currently working within the industry
Horticulture Intermediate Apprenticeship – a minimum of 400 off-the-job guided learning hours must be delivered over the 20 month period. 240 off-the-job guided learning hours must be delivered within the first year, followed by 160 hours in the remaining 8 month period. This exceeds the minimum requirement of 30% off-the-job GLH per year.
Horticulture Advanced Apprenticeship – a minimum of 439 off-the-job guided learning hours must be delivered over the 24 month period. 219.5 off-the-job guided learning hours must be delivered within each year. This exceeds the minimum requirement of 30% off-the-job GLH per year.