Reference Quantity: ST0225

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational profile

Horticulture or panorama operatives could be employed to work in public parks and gardens, inexperienced areas and historic gardens, non-public gardens and estates or in manufacturing nurseries and shops. Many companies might be specialised of their actions, reminiscent of grounds upkeep (soft-landscape) or panorama building (hard-landscape). Smooth- landscaping consists of the institution and upkeep of crops and cultivated areas. Onerous-landscaping consists of institution of exhausting surfaces and buildings along with the institution of crops in cultivated areas.

The distinct nature of those two specialisms means only a few companies can provide the complete breadth of abilities and subsequently 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 progress. The panorama building choice focuses on the set up of options and buildings; software of panorama supplies in addition to supporting website administration.

Work is mostly primarily based exterior and undertaken all year long, so apprentices will steadily work exterior in all weathers. Usually individuals new to the business will begin in a ‘hands-on’ position overlaying a spread of sensible duties, with specialist abilities being learnt via development. A variety of equipment and instruments are used and extra coaching could also be required relying on the character of the works undertaken.

Working and studying within the horticulture and panorama industries is rewarding, gives a various vary of employment alternatives and features a vary of abilities which might be transferrable into many different industries.

Required abilities, information and behaviours to finish this apprenticeship

Core information – have an understanding of:

Business understanding; the significance and advantages of green-space and the varieties of horticultural abilities acceptable to completely different companies and cultural websites.

Enterprise; enterprise insurance policies, imaginative and prescient and values. Employees’ contribution to incomes revenue and consciousness of economic strain. Understanding of how undertaking administration informs a staff to realize goals. 

Communication; the significance of clear communication. Information of various types of communication aids and their use. The worth of efficient and well timed communication in buyer care.

Well being and security; well being and security regulation, laws, coverage and process and the duty of employees. Information of hazards and dealing to strict well being, security, high quality and environmental (HSQE) processes notably acceptable to horticultural websites.

Environmental; waste and waste discount and recycling and environmental greatest observe. Prevention and management of native air pollution incidents.

Plant progress and growth; plant diet and plant necessities. The ideas of germination, photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration (the science of plant progress). Methods to look after crops appropriately in several environments. The connection between environmental situations and plant progress.

Instruments, gear and equipment; right instruments, gear and equipment required for the job and the significance of upkeep and common checks of these things to make sure they continue to be in good working order. Authorized requirement of coaching by a reliable individual and familiarity with operator coaching and certification necessities.

Vegetation management; management vegetation and strategies of website clearance and removing of vegetation

Biosecurity; biosecurity and phytosanitary measures for pests and illnesses and the way these apply to work websites. Consciousness of invasive alien species which will impression work strategies.

Plant identification; plant identification by scientific names together with genus, species and cultivar. Know why and the way crops are recognized.

Soil science; why, when and domesticate soils for differing functions. Completely different rising media and mulches. Methods to modify soils for plant progress and perceive the explanations for cultivation and drainage.

Plant well being; fundamental pest and illness identification and signs and management strategies.

Core abilities – capable of:

Communication; talk with others, together with shoppers, the general public and colleagues, this will require fundamental IT programs use.

Staff working; work alone and as a part of a staff successfully and recognise how all employees are depending on one another to fulfill enterprise goals.

Well being and security; apply related well being and security processes and procedures. Implement particular business data on hazards related to horticultural environments. Observe protected programs of labor and security data supplied by employer. Implement environmental safety insurance policies and procedures.

Environmental; stop and management native air pollution incidents e.g. use of spill kits.

Planting, plant progress and growth; look after crops appropriately in several environments, together with fundamental irrigation strategies, planting strategies and figuring out plant deficiencies. Set up numerous soft-landscape supplies e.g. shrubs, bushes, herbaceous, bedding, grass areas and seed. This can embrace website preparation, planting, sowing, turfing, preparation of seed beds and mulching.

Soil cultivation; domesticate and enhance soils by mechanical strategies and by hand, making and amelioration of rising media and soils.

Instruments, gear and equipment; safely use instruments e.g. spades, rakes, shovels; gear e.g. tape measure and spirit stage and equipment e.g. pedestrian managed mowers, hand-held strimmer, hedgecutter.

Vegetation management; comply with processes and strategies of website clearance, utilizing instruments and equipment for pruning and vegetation management, together with fundamental turf administration. Observe weed management strategies.

Keep exhausting buildings; keep buildings related to the enterprise actions.

Website presentation; work to a specified end.

For the panorama building position, further information and abilities required:

Information – have an understanding of;

  • Strategies used to measure and set out a website g. use of tape measures and measuring wheels, defining options through the use of string strains or aerosol markers, the ideas in defining website ranges utilizing guide or electrical gear.
  • Marking out hazards reminiscent of Interpretation of building drawings and specs e.g. portions, measurements and positioning. The protected use of abrasive wheels for reducing exhausting panorama supplies throughout building.
  • Water characteristic building strategies g. linings, pumps, water programs.

Abilities – have the ability to;

  • Set up numerous hard-landscape building options and buildings g. paths, patios, fences and partitions. This can embrace fundamental brick laying, paving, timber decking, setting ranges, companies identification.
  • Free hand reducing and bench reducing of exhausting panorama supplies throughout building utilizing abrasive wheels. 
  • Assess and restore exhausting buildings; consider hazards and harm and if acceptable perform restore or report. Examples embrace damaged drainage, rotten timber, cracked paving stone, frost harm brick work.

For the horticulture position further information and abilities required:

Information – have an understanding of;

  • The vary and software of various rising media for plant manufacturing and propagation. The ideas and strategies of watering strategies together with irrigation programs and hand watering. 
  • Decorative turf administration via fundamental upkeep; together with mowing, aeration, scarification, and high Methods to monitor for points together with harm, water points, pests and illnesses
  • Decorative aquatic environments together with natural matter management each inside and across the characteristic and monitoring for any upkeep or questions of safety. 

Abilities – capable of;

  • Undertake right pruning strategies for a spread of crops. 
  • Domesticate and keep soft-landscape parts g. shrubs, bushes, herbaceous, bedding, grass areas and seed. Help the institution of an space of turf via laying, irrigation, upkeep, and permitting acceptable institution time earlier than use.
  • Undertake fundamental propagation abilities together with division, cuttings, seed sowing and seed assortment.
  • Work with out inflicting harm to options current reminiscent of irrigation, turf and aquatic environments.

Core behaviours

Well being and security; have a safety-led mind-set for self, colleagues and the general public.

Buyer care; present dignity, respect and empathy when coping with others, together with shoppers, the general public and colleagues.

Study: study behaviours, abilities and information successfully from craftspeople and managers.

Perspective; have a optimistic and motivated perspective in direction of work, together with having pleasure in a single’s work.

Determination making; undertake a realistic well timed method by figuring out acceptable options to sensible issues.

Typical job titles: 

Typical job titles: Horticulturalist and Panorama gardener

Apprenticeship length

The everyday length for this apprenticeship is 24 months.

Core {qualifications}

The next {qualifications} might be required previous to taking the tip level evaluation.

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

Pesticides: Degree 2 Ideas of Protected Dealing with and Utility of Pesticides Steering OR Degree 2 Award within the Protected Use of Pesticides

English and maths: Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths should obtain stage 1 and take the take a look at for stage 2 earlier than taking the end-point evaluation.

To adjust to laws and business requirements, people who want to work in some sectors of the business might have to finish further certificates of coaching, statutory licences and well being and security authorised competency playing cards with a purpose to be permitted on to a worksite

All First Assist at Work {qualifications} taken as part of this apprenticeship have to 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 Assist at Work {qualifications} which adjust to Well being and Security (First Assist) Rules 1998. So that apprentices aren’t 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 coming into EPA, should have accomplished an Ofqual regulated, Degree 3 Emergency First Assist at Work (EFAW) at some point course.

Apprenticeship stage

This apprenticeship customary is at stage 2.

Evaluate date

3 years from Implementation

Crown copyright © 2022. It’s possible you’ll re-use this data (not together with logos) freed from cost in any format or medium, below the phrases of the Open Authorities Licence. Go to


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *