Horticulture Operatives 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.
- Qualification: NEW STANDARD Horticulture Operative
- Start Date: 15/05/2019
- Duration: 24 months
- Campus: Easton, Otley
- Entry requirements: As an academic qualification, apprenticeships ideally require maths and English GCSE grades 9 – 4 (A*- C) Students who don’t meet our stated entry requirements, those awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, or mature students e.g. who can’t find GCSE results will be offered an appointment to come into college (Easton or Otley campus) and sit an online assessment. The required achievement grade is BKSB Level 1 or above but we will consider an Entry 3 grade if the student shows commitment to continue their maths and English learning. Any student coming out below Entry 3 grade will not be accepted onto an apprenticeship programme. If the entry requirements are not achieved we will discuss and support you in looking at alternative options.
The Horticulture Operative standard focuses on plant propagation, plant growth and health, soil science, environmental protection, the use of powered and no powered machinery, cultivation, Health and Safety, communication, business and industry understanding and skills. 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. Working and learning in the horticulture industry is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries. All skills, knowledge and behaviours will be developed and learnt through a combination of work place mentoring and college attendance
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