Horticulture Apprenticeships

If you love being outdoors, could spend all day working in the garden or are interested in maintaining sports or recreation grounds then this is the Apprenticeship for you. Horticulture is for those who work to establish, manage, retail or cultivate plants for science, plant production or crop production. Alternatively, they use plants in landscapes to support the built environment.

Our Diploma in Work-based Horticulture offers a number of routes you can take. Depending on the sector you are working in, we offer a range of choices based on the type of job roles available.

Apprenticeship qualifications

Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 (20 months)

  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills Level 1 Mathematics
  • Functional Skills Level 1 English


Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (15 months)

  • Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English


Entry requirements
You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in a horticulture role and YMCA Training may be able to help you find an employer you can complete your Apprenticeship with. You cannot have a qualification at Level 4 or above to apply for this course, you need to be living in England and can not be taking part in full-time education.

Learning methods
Your qualifications will be delivered within the workplace and in some locations you may be required to attend sessions within our centres. You will need to do on and off the job training which will be discussed with you and your employer when you begin your Apprenticeship.

Assessment methods
Qualification assessments are carried out using a variety of methods such as observing you in your workplace, taped interviews, personal statements and witness testimonies. You will also need to build a portfolio of evidence.

Progression opportunities
Intermediate apprentices, with support and opportunities in the workplace, can progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture or other Further Education courses such as Level 3 Certificate in Work-based Horticulture, Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture, Level 3 Certificate in Garden Design, Level 3 Diploma in Garden and Planting Design or Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Apprentices who successfully complete the Advanced Apprenticeship will have opportunities to further within the industry by progressing to Higher Education courses such as a HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree (BSc). Subjects for further study include Horticulture, Horticulture with Plantmanship, Amenity Horticulture, Plant Science, Garden and Landscape Design or Horticulture Production Management.

Career possibilities
With training, Apprentices may be able to further their careers with roles including Gardener, Landscaper, Nursery Worker, Fruit and Vegetable Production Worker, Machinery Operator, Greenkeeper, Groundsman, Gravedigger, Horticultural Technician, Deputy Head Greenkeeper, Deputy Head Groundsman, Garden Designer, Landscape Manager, Senior Gardener, Gardener (Historic and Botanic) or Parks Officer.

How to apply
You can easily apply to our apprenticeship programme by registering online