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Horticulture - Apprenticeship (Intermediate) - Level 2 at College of West Anglia

Course description

Horticulture and Landscape Operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets. Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft- landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas.The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore two options are available for this occupation; horticulture and landscape construction. The employment area will dictate the option pursued. The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. The landscape construction option focuses on the installation of features and structures; application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management.Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers. Often people new to the industry will start in a hands-on role covering a range of practical tasks, with specialist skills being learnt through progression. A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the works undertaken.Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries

Entry requirements

You will be interviewed and assessed to identify your potential, commitment and motivation to achieve the Apprenticeship, based upon the range and level of activities you will be undertaking in the workplace.You may need to undergo an initial assessment of your Maths and English to show your ability to undertake study towards level 1 Maths and English.At the start of your apprenticeship programme you will need to be employed by a suitable andappropriate employer for at least 30 hours per week, including any off-the-job training you undertake. Where a part-time working pattern is undertaken, joint agreement may be made between with the employer and the apprentice for an extended apprenticeship duration. You will also need to have been a resident in the EU for at least 3 years and not be on any other government funded training programme.

Assessment

  All components will be externally assessed.The apprentice will be assessed to the Apprenticeship Standard using three complementary assessment methods to take a view of their overall performance in their job. The End Assessment Process will consist of:

  1. Professional discussion (based on portfolio)
  2. Online Knowledge Test
  3. Practical exercise with verbal questions
The End Point Assessment process will be carried out by an independent and impartial Assessor.All components will be externally assessed.

Financial information

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Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2018
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