March 1st 2021
Last year saw a gardening boom and many may be considering a change of career. As a result the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is giving 40 applicants the chance to train at one of the charity’s five gardens from 2021.
Up 8% on last year, the RHS is searching for new recruits across its apprenticeship, student and specialist placement programmes. The ornamental horticulture industry is worth £24.2 billion to the UK economy each year with demand for skills only set to grow in the future.
Plant lovers keen to take their first step into professional horticulture can apply for the two-year apprenticeship scheme (with no prior horticultural qualifications or experience needed) to gain skills and knowledge working alongside expert garden teams.
The 15 new starters, set to join in August, will get to try their hand at tasks ranging from maintaining formal borders to propagation and fruit and vegetable production, while studying for a Level 2 apprenticeship qualification.
For those with prior gardening work experience, a Level 3 apprentice will be taken on at Rosemoor to train over two years and develop supervisory skills such as how to manage a garden. This is the first time the RHS has recruited for a higher level apprenticeship (equivalent to A level).
Applications for the RHS apprenticeship programmes close on: 1st March 2021.
For further information, please visit:
RHS Apprenticeships / RHS Gardening
Source: RHS Press Release