Modern Apprenticeship



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.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 and 6.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5

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

SCQF Level 6

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

Progression and development

SCQF Level 5

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 Level 6

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.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

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

How long will it take?

It will take around 3 years to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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