Reference Quantity: ST0226

Particulars of normal

Occupational profile:

Panorama or horticulture supervisor might be employed to supervise work in public parks and gardens, inexperienced areas and historic gardens, non-public gardens and estates or in manufacturing nurseries and stores. Many companies will likely be specialised of their actions, corresponding to grounds upkeep (soft-landscape) or panorama building (hard-landscape). Tender-landscaping contains the institution and upkeep of vegetation and cultivated areas. Exhausting-landscaping contains institution of exhausting surfaces and constructions along with the institution of vegetation in cultivated areas.

The distinct nature of those two specialisms means only a few companies can provide the total breadth of expertise and due to this fact two choices can be found for this occupation; horticulture and panorama building. The employment space will dictate the choice pursued. The horticulture choice focuses on plant propagation and plant development. The panorama building choice focuses on the set up of options and constructions; software of panorama supplies in addition to website administration.

A Panorama or horticulture supervisor can handle a website with minimal supervision, supervise a staff and preserve the well being and security and safety of personnel and sources.

Working and studying within the horticulture and panorama industries is rewarding, gives a various vary of employment alternatives and features a vary of expertise which are transferable into different industries following additional research.

Required expertise, information and behaviours to finish this apprenticeship

Core information – have an understanding of;

Business understanding; the significance and advantages of green-space and various kinds of horticultural administration applicable to totally different websites.

Enterprise; challenge processes, planning work scheduling and necessities to fulfill specification, working to a finances. Enterprise operations and the impression of selections, particular person and staff efficiency on business success. Have an consciousness of the business surroundings together with opponents and suppliers.

Communication; the significance of clear and unambiguous communication applicable to totally different audiences. The appliance of various types of communication aids and their use. Buyer care; the right way to determine consumer and buyer, understanding their wants and facilitating relations to progress enterprise success. Managing groups to ship customer support. The impression of buyer care on the organisation.

Supervision; the right way to talk with a staff and supply work directions. Find out how to handle a staff’s efficiency and supply suggestions to staff members and managers. Utilising communication and an understanding of individuals to work collaboratively and improve productiveness and security.

Well being and security ; obligations for managing safely; well being, security, high quality, environmental (HSQE) and welfare points inside a enterprise and on website. Understanding the right way to determine potential hazards and handle the dangers to completely adjust to laws and business apply.

Environmental; waste hazards and waste discount and recycling and environmental greatest apply. Impression of horticultural administration on the surroundings. Safety of surroundings in every explicit activity.

Plant development and growth; plant diet and plant necessities. The rules of germination, photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration (the science of development).

Find out how to handle vegetation appropriately in numerous environments. The connection between environmental circumstances and plant development and related administration.

Instruments, gear and equipment; secure and proper operation and upkeep of instruments and gear generally utilized in horticulture e.g. handheld, pedestrian and trip on to be able to supervise work groups. Data of necessities for buy, rent or lease of such gear and applicable instruction to staff earlier than use.

Vegetation management; vegetation and strategies of website clearance and removing of vegetation. Biosecurity; identification, prevention and management measures for pests and ailments on work websites. The identification and management of invasive alien species by supervision work strategies. Reporting procedures.

Plant identification and classification; plant identification by scientific names together with genus, species and cultivar. Understanding why and the way vegetation are recognized. Know if vegetation are incorrectly labelled and the right way to use reference materials to verify identification.

Soils and rising media; soils, rising media, compost and mulches and their administration and evaluation.

Plant well being; pest and illness identification and signs and management strategies required on horticultural websites.

Safety of biodiversity and heritage: habitat and historic worth of horticultural websites, consciousness of protected species and landscapes and procedures to observe.

Assess, restore and preserve exhausting constructions; day by day administration of exhausting constructions, hazards related to failure and injury and upkeep regimes.

Core expertise – capable of:

Enterprise; supervise a challenge together with challenge processes, planning and specification. Proactively resolve sensible issues by utilizing expertise and judgement to make choices. Be adaptable to totally different priorities, environments, circumstances and applied sciences. Communication; facilitating efficient communication with others, together with purchasers, the general public and colleagues, this can require IT programs use.

Buyer care; handle consumer’s expectations and necessities. Clients would possibly embrace the general public, business purchasers or non-public owners.

Workforce working; apply efficient time administration, useful resource administration and assist efficient staff working.

Individuals administration; undertake staff administration and motivation, work prioritisation, problem-solving and useful resource deployment inside a staff.

Well being and security; implement and preserve a constructive security tradition inside a staff, perceive and implement secure programs of labor and adjust to related laws. Environmental; implement environmental safety necessities in every explicit activity e.g. supplying spill kits and guaranteeing use.

Plant development and growth; take care of vegetation appropriately in numerous environments, together with irrigation, diet, pruning and figuring out plant deficiencies. Troubleshoot issues and implement corrective administration regimes.

Instruments, gear and equipment; perform choice value determinations. Capability to instruct operatives on appropriate methods and gear use. Accountability for instruments, gear and equipment on website.

Vegetation management; supervise processes and strategies of website clearance, instruments and equipment for pruning and vegetation management. Undertake weed management strategies and proper pruning apply for a variety of timber, shrubs and perennials.

Soils; domesticate and enhance soils by mechanical strategies and by hand. Analyse soil- associated issues and implement corrective administration regimes.

Plant well being; determine and reply to threats to plant well being.

Assess and preserve exhausting constructions; supervise the upkeep of constructions related to the enterprise actions and context of the positioning e.g. historic or environmental designations. Perceive producers beneficial inspection regimes.

Web site presentation; develop a piece plan to realize a specified end.

Tree security; determine primary tree well being threats and hazards.

For the panorama building choice further information and expertise required:

Data – an understanding of;

Panorama characteristic building strategies e.g. enclosures, surfaces, constructions and water options.

Cable and repair avoidance methods e.g. cable avoidance instruments and decoding diagrams to keep away from water, gasoline and electrical energy.

Estimation methods and knowledge sources. This contains scheduling and quantifying of human sources, supplies and gear.

Expertise- capable of;

Supervise the set up of panorama options to specified customary. Measure and set out a website from a building drawing.

Interpret job specification and building drawing together with planning operations for implementation.

Supervise the appliance of a variety of panorama building supplies e.g. brick laying, paving, timber decking; assemble horizontal surfaces and primary landforms. Web site surveying and measuring methods e.g. digital and handbook strategies.

Free hand chopping and bench chopping of exhausting panorama supplies throughout building utilizing abrasive wheels.

Decide potential of staff in expertise and information and know when limitations reached.

Assess and restore exhausting constructions. Consider hazards and injury and if applicable perform restore or report. Examples embrace damaged drainage, rotten timber, cracked paving stone, frost injury brick work.

Irrigation programs e.g. drip, sprinkler and rotary programs.

For the horticulture choice further information, {qualifications} and expertise required:

Data – an understanding of;

Totally different plant propagation strategies utilizing seed, or vegetative strategies e.g. cuttings, division, layering and grafting.

The vary and software of various rising media for plant manufacturing. Decorative aquatic environments e.g. ponds, water programs and options. The chance to aquatic environments from horticultural operations.

Expertise- capable of;

Apply the proper pruning and coaching methods for a variety of vegetation. Select applicable rising media e.g. compost, soil.

Plan and implement propagation utilizing a wide range of strategies e.g. cuttings, seed, division Supervise the upkeep, renovation and set up of decorative turf areas.

Supervise the cultivation and upkeep of sentimental panorama components e.g. timber, shrubs, herbaceous and bedding.

Develop upkeep programmes for horticultural websites.

Schedule work to guard options current corresponding to irrigation, turf and aquatic environments.

Utilizing and sustaining a variety of irrigation programs e.g. drip, sprinkler and rotary programs to make sure correct and well timed water software.


Degree 2 Award within the Secure Software of Pesticides utilizing Pedestrian Hand Held Tools (required for the appliance of chemical controls for vegetation management and plant well being therapies)

Typical job titles:

Typical job titles: Horticulture supervisor and Panorama supervisor 

Core behaviours

Well being and security; management of proactive well being and security tradition by private instance and supervision of groups and work websites.

Work ethic; have a constructive and motivated angle in direction of work, together with having delight in a single’s work. Dedicated to self-development by persevering with skilled growth. Be a conscientious, reliable, versatile workers member with a can-do angle.

Change; be adaptable to totally different environments, circumstances and applied sciences. Apprenticeship length; the standard length for this apprenticeship is 36 months.


The next {qualifications} will likely be required previous to taking the tip level evaluation

Emergency first support: Degree 3 award in emergency first support at work.

Pesticides: Degree 2 Ideas of Secure Dealing with and Software of Pesticides Steerage OR Degree 2 Award within the Secure Use of Pesticides

Apprentices with out Degree 2 English and maths should obtain this previous to taking the tip level evaluation.

As a consequence of business laws and to adjust to laws and business requirements, people who want to work in some sectors of the business, (corresponding to business landscaping) could have to finish further certificates of coaching, statutory licences and well being and security authorized competency playing cards to be able to be permitted on to a worksite.

All First Support at Work {qualifications} taken as part of this apprenticeship should be regulated by Ofqual. Nonetheless it got here to mild that this was unclear and a few apprentices have undertaken non Ofqual regulated Emergency First Support at Work {qualifications} which adjust to Well being and Security (First Support) Laws 1998. So that apprentices are usually not deprived who maintain these {qualifications}, the employers have agreed that they will enter end-point evaluation (offering all different necessities have been met) up till Tuesday thirtieth June 2020. As from Wednesday 1st July 2020, all apprentices getting into EPA, will need to have accomplished an Ofqual regulated, Degree 3 Emergency First Support at Work (EFAW) someday course.

Apprenticeship degree

This apprenticeship customary is at degree 3.

Assessment date

3 years from implementation.

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