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This Modern Apprenticeship has two levels, making it suitable for employees with no experience in the horticulture sector, as well as those who want to take a step forward in their career. There are different pathways to give employees the skills, knowledge and hands-on training they need to succeed in their chosen area of horticulture. It can prepare them for roles such as gardener, interior landscaper and skilled tractor/machine operator.

Qualifications

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 5 in one of:

  • Horticulture
  • Production Horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Sports Turf (Greenkeeper)
  • Sports Turf (Groundsman)
  • Parks, Gardens and Green Space
Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this Modern Apprenticeship, but candidates should be keen to learn and enjoy working outside.

Progression and development

Depending on the pathway they take, your employees will learn the skills they need for roles such as:

  • Gardener
  • Cemetery worker
  • Greenkeeper/groundsperson
  • Interior landscaper
  • Skilled horticulture worker
  • Skilled packer/despatch worker
  • Skilled tractor/machine operator
  • Skilled plant propagator

They could also progress to further qualifications and awards, including the horticulture Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6, and related courses in higher and further education.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 6 in one of:

  • Production Horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Sports Turf
  • Parks, Gardens and Green Space
Entry requirements

Candidates should have completed the Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 5, or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

Progression and development

Depending on the pathway they take, your employees will learn the skills they need for roles such as:

  • Gardener
  • Interior landscape designer
  • Parks officer
  • Deputy head greenkeeper/groundskeeper
  • Garden designer
  • Senior gardener/horticulture technician
  • Horticulture specialist

They could also progress to related courses in higher education, such as botany, plant pathology, conservation, seed science or plant science.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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How much will it cost?

Training

We will contribute towards the training costs, paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use the contribution tables to work out the funding level for this framework:

Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (16-24 age group)
Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (25+ age group)

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach which will meet the needs of your business.

Salary

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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