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If you are looking to start work, earn money and learn through hands-on training in the land-based industry, Capel Manor College’s apprenticeship team is committed to support both the apprentice and employer through the process.

Apprenticeships are open to everyone over the age of 16 years old, and are a great way to gain invaluable work experience and earn a wage alongside studying for a nationally-recognised qualification. As an apprentice you will receive an employment contract and annual leave, just like any other employee, and your apprenticeship will be structured to provide the skills and knowledge needed for a successful future in your chosen career. As an employer, if you have current employees that need development you can support them with higher level apprenticeships, these are often a great way to bring new perspectives into your organisation too. As specialists delivering land-based training, Capel Manor College works with a range of both local and nationwide employers to develop staff using a combination of college, hybrid and online tutoring options.


Horticulture or Landscape Supervisor Apprenticeship


Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship (Level 3)


We offer a wide range of apprenticeships within the land-based industry, and we will provide you with guidance and support throughout your time on the programme.

Our experience in the industry, our strong links with employers and our excellent reputation mean that we can offer you an inspiring and rewarding apprenticeship. We will equip you with the hands-on skills and qualifications you need to start your career.

Kitchen Garden Apprenticeship at Chiswick House Trading Company LTD - closing date 1 March 2024.

Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Apprenticeship at Garden City Plants and Gardening LTD - closing date 15 March 2024.

Horticulture Apprenticeship at Qualis Management LTD - closing date 15 March 2024.

Apprenticeships explained

There is no set rate of pay for apprentices, with wages varying according to the employer, but this wage will not be below the national apprenticeship wage. You will also benefit from at least 20 days of paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

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Funding is through the governments Apprenticeship Levy Scheme or through co-investment however, apprentices pay nothing.

If you live in England, any one over the age of 16 and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.

You need to have been an EU/UK resident for a minimum of three years. You can not be in any other form of education or training such as college or university.

You could spend less time training or qualify earlier if you have relevant experience. This includes having:

  • Qualifications, such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in a relevant subject
  • Industry or sector experience

This will be agreed this with us your training provider and employer when you start your apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will:

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay
  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on the level.

Yes, and your work must be based in England and relevant to the program with full-time contract (at least 30 hours per week). In some instances, we can take employees who work part time but this may have an impact extending the overall delivery time of the training plan.

We post all vacancies employers given to us on the government website.

If you are unable to find a job you want, please get in touch with us so we can put you on a talent list for when new opportunities become available.

It is possible to apply for an apprenticeship without having an employer but you will not be able to start on a programme until you are employed full-time.

Yes, the higher the level the longer the program, see below for comparison to general qualifications:

  • Level 2 – Intermediate level – 5 GCSE passes
  • Level 3 – Advanced level – 2 A levels
  • Level 4 – Higher – First year of a degree program
  • Level 5 – Higher – foundation degree and above
  • Level 6 – Higher / Degree – Bachelor’s degree level
  • Level 7 – Higher / Degree – Master’s degree and PHD level



Information for employers

Apprenticeships provide you with the opportunity to play an important role in helping a student to develop their skills and employability.

Hiring an apprentice gives you the chance to expand your own workforce, add extra resources to your business operations and strengthen your recruitment diversity.  

Apprentices are employed by your business and are paid for their time. They are entitled to the same employee rights and benefits as other staff. Employers who recruit an apprentice aged 16 to 18 years old will be eligible for an employer incentive payment.

If you are interested in helping to grow and inspire the next generation of workers in your industry, please contact us. We will be able to help you find a student for your company and support you throughout the apprenticeship process.