We think landscaping apprenticeships are a great route into a landscaping career. It’s a great introduction to the landscaping industry and will give you a chance to see the many levels of landscaping.
As an apprentice, you will:
- Work with people who have gained a lot of experience.
- Learn varied landscaping skills.
- You will gain skills for a specific landscaping job.
- Get paid a salary and get paid time off (at least 20 days plus bank holidays).
- You will get sick pay and any other company perks.
- Get time (usually one day a week) to study for your job.
- Will give you a great opportunity in finding landscaping jobs.
How do I get a job as an apprentice in gardening in the UK?
In the UK, to become an apprentice in landscaping, you need to find landscaping apprenticeships programmes, apply for one and get the skills and practise you need.
Here’s a general guide to follow:
Research the gardening Industry:
To start, look into the landscaping industry in the UK to find out what kinds of jobs are available, what skills are needed, and what career paths might be open to you. Learn about the different parts of landscaping, like garden planning, horticulture, and building a landscape.
Meet the entry requirements:
Most apprenticeships have entry requirements, such as a minimum age (usually 16 or 18), a certain level of schooling (often GCSEs), and the right to work in the UK.
Find an Apprenticeship Programme:
Look for landscaping apprenticeships schemes in your area to learn about opportunities. The best way to find opportunities is to look on government websites, like the National Apprenticeship Service (https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship), or to call local landscaping companies, colleges, or read more about landscaping apprenticeships.
Apply for Apprenticeships:
Once you’ve found a good apprenticeship programme, you can apply for it by following the training provider’s or employer’s directions. Most of the time, this means filling out an application form and going to an interview.
Complete the Apprenticeship:
If you are accepted into an apprenticeship programme, you will work with experienced landscapers and go to school or training classes at the same time. Depending on the level and type of apprenticeship, the apprenticeship usually lasts for a set amount of time, usually between 2 and 4 years.
Gain Real-World Experience:
During your apprenticeship, you will learn how to do things like planting, laying down turf, paving, and designing a garden. You will also learn about rules for health and safety, how to use tools, and how to run a project. These are invaluable skills to learn and great reason for taking up a landscaping apprenticeship.
As part of your apprenticeship, you may work towards industry-recognised skills like a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture or Landscape Construction.
Network and make connections:
Making connections with people in your field can help you get a job or move up in your career. Go to business events, join landscaping groups, and look for other ways to meet people.
Do the apprenticeship exam. Towards the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have to go through tests to show that you know what you’re doing. This could include both written and practise tests.
Find a Job:
If you finish your apprenticeship smoothly, you can either look for landscaping jobs with the company where you trained. Alternatively your apprenticeship will help you to look for landscaping jobs with other landscaping firms.
Continue to grow professionally. The landscaping business is always changing, so you might want to get more training or certifications to keep up with the latest trends and improve your skills.