Course Title: Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative
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Department: Horticulture
Course Type: Apprenticeship

Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries.

Horticulture and Landscape Operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets.

Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers.Often people new to the industry will start in a ‘hands-on’ role covering a range of practical tasks, with specialist skills being learnt through progression. A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the works undertaken.


Course Content

Some of the knowledge, skills and behaviour aspects you will cover will include:
Industry undertanding
Health and Safety
Plant growth and development
Tools, equipment and machinery
Vegetation control
Customer Care
Decision making
Soil Cultivation
Site presentation
Maintain hard structures

The following qualifications will be required prior to taking the end point assessment:

Emergency first aid: Level 2 award in emergency first aid at work.
Pesticides: Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
English & maths: Apprentices without level 2 English and maths must achieve level 1 and take the test for level 2 before taking the end-point assessment.

To comply with legislation / industry standards, individuals who wish to work in some sectors of the industry may have to complete additional certificates of training, statutory licences and health and safety approved competency cards in order to be permitted on to a worksite

Next Steps

The successful apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard.

Career Opportunities

Work as a landscape gardener, planning and maintaining large gardens, parks and green spaces, garden centres etc.