Can anyone apply to the apprenticeship programme?
If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full-time education you can apply for an apprenticeship.
Are there different levels of apprenticeships?
Yes, there are and this depends upon the level of job attached to the apprenticeship. For instance, if you are entering the horticulture industry for the first time, you would suit a Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship at Level 2. If you are already in the industry and are looking to manage for the first time, you would undertake the Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship at Level 3.
The apprenticeship you enrol onto will fit with the job you have or which you successfully apply for.
How long does an apprenticeship last?
Our apprenticeships typically take 18-24 months to complete.
Do I have to be employed to be an apprentice?
Yes, and your work must be relevant to the course and full-time (at least 30 hours per week).
We post the vacancies employers give us on a government website called 'Find An Apprenticeship'. If you can not find the job you want there, please get in touch with us - we can help you find and apply for a job.
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.
Who pays for the training?
The employer pays all or part of the fee. We collect the remainder through our government contract. Apprentices pay nothing.
How much will I earn?
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.
For further information, please visit www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions