Do you enjoy gardening? Are you someone who likes to creative flower displays? If so, studying for an apprenticeship in horticulture could help you find an ideal job. Be part of an industry that’is dedicated to protecting the environment and making Scotland a greener place.  

Whether you have an interest in roses, peonies, violets or daffodils, the apprenticeship can give you the opportunity to work with your favourite plants. Learn how to create stunning flower exhibits. Improve your knowledge of green spaces like parks, roof gardens and fields. Work with the latest horticulture technology such as cropping systems.   

Scotland’s horticulture industry has plenty of job opportunities. Take up the role of a gardener and help to spruce up different properties. Work with a variety of different plants as a florist. Develop environment protection strategies as a horticulture specialist.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6 in horticultureBoth qualifications include:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in horticulture at SCQF level 5 or 6 
  • Work experience in a versatile industry   

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Establish crops and plants  
  • Collect and store propagation materials  
  • Propagate plants from seed  
  • Create plant displays  
  • Establish and maintain artificial plant displays 
  • Maintain the health of sports turf   

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Team work   
  • Problem-solving  
  • Communication  
  • Time management    

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as sports turfing and floristry.   

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a variety of optionsCarry on your studies with a degree in horticulture or find a gardening related job.   

Further education: Carry on your studies with a bachelor’s degree in plant pathology or conservation. This could lead to a higher qualification like a Masters in landscape design. Your experience will support your university application.    

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a job in the horticulture industryAfter completing the apprenticeship, you could move onto jobs like:   

  • Florist  
  • Gardener   
  • Parks officer   
  • Interior landscape designer   
  • Deputy head greenkeeper 
  • Horticulture specialist 
  • Landscaper 
  • Arborist 
  • Skilled plant propagator  

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for the apprenticeship. However, it is useful to have an interest in plants and to enjoy working outside.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take around 3 years to complete.

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