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L2 Horticulture Operative Apprentice THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

This apprenticeship will enable you to learn about the science, art and practice of horticulture at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. You will work within its departments and teams to gain knowledge, skills, training and experiences of horticulture. You will work alongside our knowledgeable, skilled and experienced staff whilst studying at college.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    RHS benefits for employees

  • Working week

    Full-time (37.5 hours per week) with a working pattern of 5 days out of 7 (including weekend and evening work). Working hours 7.30-15.30

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    06 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Get your hands dirty working with garden teams across diverse departments from glasshouses to naturalistic plantings and plant collections from all over the world.
  • Produce plants through propagation and maintain ornamental grass areas
  • Work to support the wider RHS business and wider teams such as events and flower shows 
  • Comply with health and safety legislation, industry guidance and organisational policies.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

L2 Horticulture Operative standard including

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (Ofqual registered) minimum 1-day course

(Horticulture Operative) Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides OR City & Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides

(Horticulture Operative) Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticide Using Hand Held Equipment OR City & Guilds Level 2 Award In The Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment

Training takes place block release at Plumpton College in Sussex, all the apprentices from the RHS are taught together so you can learn from each other. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

To progress your career in the horticulture industry for example; public gardens and parks, garden and landscape maintenance or further your career by gaining higher qualifications such as a L3 Diploma or apprenticeship. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 (A*-C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4 (A*-C)) Essential

Things to consider

As a horticultural apprentice in a public garden you will be expected to work outside in all weathers doing a physical job. You will usually be supervised by a member of staff in a team or 1:1 and sometimes work with volunteers too. You will be expected to keep up to date with your college work throughout the duration of your apprenticeship.

About the employer

As a charity, we want to inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital role that plants play. The RHS is committed to be an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from ethnically diverse backgrounds




RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Crag Lane




School of Horticulture team

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please click through to the RHS Garden you are interested in and then the apprenticeship type you are interested in i.e. Horticulture

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Mar 2023