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Horticulture and Landscape Operative

Available for those aged 16 or over, this is your opportunity to earn as you learn. You’ll blend working for a landscape gardener/contractor or a similar job with one day a week at Reaseheath.

You’ll have the opportunity to study industry appropriate modules relevant to your place of work. These could include amenity and decorative horticulture, maintaining landscaped areas or the safe use of horticulture machinery.

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Level 3 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 12 to 24 months depending on previous experience (1 day per week)

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Hard landscaper
  • Decorative landscaper
  • Grounds maintenance operator
  • Grounds commercial growers
Level 2 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

  • Principles of plant growth and development
  • Plant nutrition requirements
  • Ways to reduce waste
  • How to use equipment correctly
  • Cultivating soils for differing purposes
  • Controlling plant pests and diseases
  • Identifying plants
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 18 to 24 months depending on previous experience (1 day per week)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and Maths

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Hard landscaper
  • Decorative landscaper
  • Grounds maintenance operator
  • Grounds commercial growers
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional qualifications, including:

  • Industrial skills certificates
  • First Aid
  • Spraying certificate
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive

 Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about becoming an apprentice or employing an apprentice by visiting our website.

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Student Profile
Rebecca Dawson

Ambition: Specialist in global plant conservation, South Africe

Employer: Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Age: 26

Reaseheath’s ‘Horticulture Apprentice of the Year’, Rebecca is one of seven gardeners who look after the historic gardens and grounds at Cholmondeley.

Often based in the popular terraces and temple garden, she’s also helped to build award winning show gardens at RHS Tatton Park and RHS Chelsea.

Reaseheath’s award was the second accolade which Rebecca has received. She also holds the title of ‘New Gardener of the Year’, presented by the Professional Gardeners Guild.

Rebecca says: “An apprenticeship is a really good qualification because it’s recognised by all employers and it can lead to so many opportunities.”