Horticulture and landscape operative apprenticeship

Plan and maintain large gardens, parks and other green spaces

Horticulture and landscape operative apprentices are employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates, or in production nurseries and retail outlets. Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Two options are available to you during the horticulture and landscape operative apprenticeship: horticulture and landscape construction. Horticulture focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. Landscape construction focuses on the installation of features and structures, application of landscape materials, and supporting site management. Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so you’ll frequently work outside in all weathers. You’ll likely start in a ‘hands-on’ role covering a range of practical tasks.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science, geography

Entry requirements for the horticulture and landscape operative apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but relevant experience would be advantageous

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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