The Royal Horticultural Society

Horticultural Operative Apprentice Level 2 at RHS Garden Wisley - Intermediate (Level 2)

The Royal Horticultural Society (Employer)

Plumpton College (Training Provider)

Annual wage £16,302.00
37.5 hours per week 37.5 hours per week, 5 days in 7 (Shifts TBC)
24 months (duration)
1 August 2022(start date)
Horticulture or landscape operative (apprenticeship standard)
4 positions available
1 March 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Are you interested in plants, gardening and working outside? This apprenticeship enables you to learn about the science, art and practice of horticulture. An apprenticeship in an RHS Garden gives practical work experience and learning to gain the knowledge, skills, training and experiences in horticulture, to prepare you for life in the industry.


What will the apprentice be doing?

You will work alongside our knowledgeable, skilled and experienced staff in an RHS Garden, alongside studying at college to develop, enhance and deepen your understanding of horticulture. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will establish, cultivate and maintain formal and informal garden areas, and learn how to be environmentally aware, and use tools, techniques and machinery that will equip you for life in the horticultural industry.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

This role provides the work based training in an RHS garden for the L2 Horticultural Operative standard, apprentices move around the garden teams to experience different plants and aspects of horticulture. College training will take place in a week long residential block at a land based college (appreoximately 5 x per year).

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

This is a fixed two year contract. Some previous apprentices have gone on to full time gardener roles at large public and private gardens. Whilst others have continued their horticultural education or decided to specialise in a specific area of horticulture or work with a group of plants they have become really interested in. 

Reality Check

Applicants must be willing to work outdoors in all weathers. College is delivered in residential blocks, so apprentices must be able to live away from home for one week at a time.

Skills Required

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, Interest in plants, Health & safety awareness

Qualifications Required

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent IT (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Desired
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