Duration: 18 months for completers of the Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship, 36 months otherwise
Available at: Campus to be confirmed
Attendance: College one day a week combined with training, experience and assessment in the workplace

Our Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship is ideal for those whose employer plans to promote them up to a supervisory/management position or for those already in such a role who would benefit from formal training.

Topics include:

  • industry understanding
  • business
  • communication
  • customer care
  • supervision
  • health and safety for supervisors
  • environmental protection
  • plant growth and development
  • supervise use of tools, equipment and machinery
  • vegetation control
  • plant identification and classification for supervisors
  • soils and growing media for supervisors
  • plant health and biosecurity
  • protection of biodiversity and heritage
  • assess, repair and maintain hard structures
  • tree safety for supervisors
  • supervise plant propagation
  • ornamental aquatic environments
  • maintaining ornamental areas
  • use and maintain irrigation equipment
  • construct and establish sports and amenity areas
  • behaviours.

Other elements:
The apprenticeship includes, level 2 functional skills in English and Maths (where relevant) and the following
certificates of competence, emergency first aid at work and level 2 award in the safe use of pesticides (PA1) and level 2 award in the safe application of pedestrian hand held equipment (PA6A).

At the end of the course apprentices sit an end-point assessment which includes:

  • observation of practical skills
  • showcase of learner journal
  • employer appraisals
  • supervisory studies project
  • knowledge test.

All end-point assessments to be externally assessed.

Entry requirements
You will need to:

  • have successfully completed the horticulture operative apprenticeship
  • be at least 16 on entry
  • have proven abilities in English and Maths which are equivalent to GCSE grade 4 and above (C and above)
  • be employed within the horticulture industry, working on average at least 30 hours per week under a contract of employment
  • be acting in a supervisory capacity or have the opportunity to do so while on the programme.

What next?
Successful completion of this course will enable you to confidently continue working at a supervisory capacity in the industry.

Last updated: 18 Sept 2019