Meet our Level 3 Horticulture and Landscape Supervisor Apprentices

An apprenticeship is a fantastic way for school leavers or adults, to gain valuable work experience alongside studying for a new qualification.

Apprentices Joe and Ann are currently studying our Level 3 Horticulture and Landscape Supervisor Apprentice course and took some time to share their experiences.

Bridging the gap

Joe had been working in the horticulture industry for seven years and felt that he was not progressing. He decided to speak to his manager about wanting to develop his existing skills. His manager was supportive and helped him to look for suitable training.

When Joe found the Level 3 Horticulture and Landscape Supervisor Apprentice course on offer at Capel Manor College, he knew that it suited his requirements. The course ticked a lot of boxes for him as it was not just offering an improvement of the skills he already had, but introduced new ones, including how to manage people at different levels. Joe likes that this course is a combination of practical and theory, bridging the gap between someone working on the ground, and someone working within the office as a manager.

Outdoor connection

Ann worked in the costume industry for 10 years but wanted a career change, and craved connecting with the outdoors more. She then moved to a job at the City of London Corporation within City Guidance where she studied a Level 2 course in horticulture. Ann was keen to progress to a management role and study a Level 3 course; she found Capel Manor College’s offering to be perfect for her as the course includes supervisory roles.

Skills for the industry

The Level 3 Horticulture and Landscape Supervisor Apprentice course is taught by tutor, Daniel (Dan) Lee. Dan is a career horticulturist himself, having always worked within the industry. As well as teaching at the College, he runs his own landscaping business. This helps Dan with his teaching as he has his finger on the pulse of industry trends and this helps him to keep students informed and up-to-date.

Dan says: ‘We teach students practical skills and knowledge that they will need to use in a career in horticulture. Our new Level 3 course is more academically rigorous than its predecessors. There is an acute skills shortage in the industry and this course helps upskill existing employees, as well as train new staff.’

Joe and Ann are both enjoying the course, and looking forward to what they have to learn as their studies on the course continue.

Find out more

Our Horticulture Landscape Supervisor Apprenticeship is ideal if your employer plans to promote you up to a supervisory/team leader position; you would like to progress from a Level 2 horticulture operative apprenticeship; or if you are already in such a role and feel that you would like to acquire further knowledge, skills, and understanding to work at a supervisory level or above in the horticultural industry.

We have been a centre for horticultural studies since 1968 and have developed an unrivalled reputation for excellence and strong industry links. View all of our horticulture courses here.

Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you train. Find out more about our apprenticeship programme here.