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Level 2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship

  • LEVEL 2

Course Overview

Horticulture apprentices 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.

The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth.

Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers.

A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the works undertaken.

Working and learning in the horticulture offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferable into many other industries.

Course Code


Entry Requirements

Firstly you need to be recruited by an employer as an apprentice.

Employers will ultimately determine the entry requirements, but you must have<b...

Course information

Plant identification; Soils science; Plant health; Biosecurity; vegetation control
– Planting; Soil cultivation.
– Tools, equipment and machinery; safely use tools e.g. spades, rakes, shovels.
– Vegetation control; pruning and vegetation control, including basic turf management.
– Site presentation; work to a specified finish – Industry understanding & Business policies, vision and values.
– Communication; the importance of clear communication.
Knowledge of different forms of communication aids and their use.
The value of effective and timely communication in customer care.
– Health and safety; regulation, legislation, policy and procedure.
– Environmental; waste and waste reduction and recycling and environmental best practice.
– Plant growth and development; plant nutrition and plant requirements.
– Tools, equipment and machinery; correct tools, equipment and machinery required for the job and the importance of maintenance and regular checks.

24 Months

This programme will be delivered through a combination of practical hands-on and theory based activities, which are scheduled one day a week at the BCA campus.

With all apprenticeships there is a requirement to record off-the-job activities and this will be achieved through the use of a dedicated electronic on-line portfolio which the apprentice, the employer and the college delivery team will all have access to.

The apprentice will be assigned a dedicated Assessor Trainer, who will undertake regular workplace progress reviews with both the apprentice and
an assigned workplace mentor, as well as supporting all aspects of the apprentices ongoing development.

Furthermore, this approach ensures any additional support requirements or interventions can be implemented in a timely manner as required.

A Virtual Learning Environment ensures all learning, development and support material can be easily accessed, further supporting the blended learning and
development approach to apprenticeship delivery. This ensures flexible and responsive training at all times, through a combination of on-line and face-to-face activities delivered by industry experts, using our high quality, industry recognised resources and equipment.

Assessment overview –
Skills, knowledge and behaviours are assessed by competencies being displayed in the workplace, observations, employer feedback, assessor progress reviews, evidence collating and the employer enabling you to fulfil the requirements of your Apprenticeship.

On programme assessment will include various coaching and mentoring assessment methods. These assessments are designed to review the behaviours, knowledge and skills against set gateway criteria.

In addition you, your employer and the college are required to maintain an off the job training log evidencing new skills and knowledge being learnt over the duration of the apprenticeship.

The final grading of the apprenticeship will be carried out through an End Point Assessment, by an independent assessor.

A Graded Apprenticehip Certificate
Level 3: Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is a minimum of 1-day course (Ofqual regulated)
– City & Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides or
– Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides

Level 3: Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is a minimum of 1-day course (Ofqual regulated)
– City & Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides or
– Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides

L3 Horticulture supervisor
L3 Landscape Technician

Level 2

– Health and safety; have a safety-led mind-set for self, colleagues and the public.
– Customer care; show dignity, respect and empathy when dealing with others, including clients, the public and colleagues.
– Learn behaviours, skills and knowledge effectively from craftspeople and managers.
– Attitude; have a positive and motivated attitude towards work, including having pride in one’s work.
– Decision making; adopt a pragmatic timely approach by identifying appropriate solutions to practical problems.