Practical Horticulture Skills

What qualification will I achieve?

The main qualification is the Level 1 or Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture.

How will this qualification delivered?

This qualification can either be delivered as part of our Pre-Employment Training or as an entry qualification in the workplace - it is a lot more hands on and has less theory than the apprenticeship route.

Who is this qualification aimed at?

Anyone wanting to start or recently started a career in Horticulture.

Where can I find more information on the sector?

The Sector Skills Council for this qualification is Lantra. You can find more information all about them and thre sector at

Is this part of an apprenticeship framework?

No. An apprenticeship would be your next step.

What will it cost me?

If you are claiming benefits we can normally fund this qualification for free for you.

What could this qualification lead to?

After completing this qualification you could progress on to a Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture or even a more generic qualification in Team Leading, Management or Customer Services.

Employers Information

What will it cost me?

We have funding for both currently employed staff and new recruits (apprentices). The total value of the training you will receive is in excess of £5,000, in most cases you are required to make a small employer contribution but this cash investment is a fraction of the value, we know employers contribute much more than just money.

How will I choose the right person?

We offer a free of charge recruitment service to ensure you get the right person – worth approximately £2,500 and the vast majority of our apprentices carry on working with their employers after the programme finishes.

How much should I pay an apprentice?

The National Minimum Wage for an Apprentice is £3.30* per hour, you can pay more if you would like to.

*Subject to changes in government policy

Will they get a qualification?

Yes, in most cases learners will work towards a suite of qualifications related to their chosen vocation. 85% of our learners successfully complete all elements of their Framework.

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Why work with us?

You won’t find many other training organisations with our hands-on approach and who can deliver work-based qualifications in almost any part of the country and with such a wide range of Facilities Management Training. We’re passionate about helping organisations and individuals achieve their goals, better themselves and improve their working lives. That’s what gets us out of bed in the morning!

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