The Royal Parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Scheme - Richmond Park THE ROYAL PARKS LTD

The Royal Parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Scheme is an ideal way to begin a career in horticulture & open space management. You as an apprentice will be delivering a wide range of green services including grass cutting, hedge trimming, sports pitch management, floral displays, planting area maintenance, litter & leaf collection, weed control.

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Closing date: 26 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is a fantastic opportunity to grow your horticultural skills whilst working in one of the UK's most famous parks.  These parks are widely recognised as among the best of their kind in the world.

Day to day park tasks will include:

  • Shrub bed maintenance.
  • Planting, bedding, shrubs and trees.
  • Grass cutting.
  • Bedding maintenance.
  • General gardening.
  • Litter picking.
  • Spraying of chemicals - subject to qualification.
  • Driving- subject to qualification and authorisation. 
  • Ad-hoc soft landscaping.
  • Ad-hoc involvements in the events / ceremonies within The Royal Parks.
  • Works as part of a highly skilled team to maintain The Royal Parks landscape.

Apprentices will be supported by The Royal Parks Guild and will attend masterclass days and celebration events as part of their apprenticeship.

Course work will be through day release at Capel Manor Regents Park campus.

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

Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Standard Level 2 which includes: 

  • Functional skills English and Maths Level 1. 
  • Emergency First Aid at Work. 
  • Level 2 award in the safe use of Pesticides PA1.
  • Pesticide application PA6/PA6W
  • Level 2 Award in safe use of pedestrian controlled mowers
  • Level 2 Award in the safe use of ride-on self propelled mowers
  • RHS level 2 Certificates as appropriate


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Many past Royal Park apprentices are now employed as Park Managers, Supervisors or Contract Managers for the Royal Parks, Contractors or in key local authority posts.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will be ideally placed to continue your career in the horticultural industry either in a 'hands-on' role or by progressing to a management or supervisory post.  This could be within open space management, landscape construction or design industries.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Good Team Worker, Motivated and Enthusiastic, Must be Hard Working, Get on with people, Academically Minded, Good Practical Skills, Horticulture Interest, Full Driving License Preferred


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4 or Equivalent or above) Desired

Things to consider

The applying candidate must consider that the role is physically demanding, throughout all variances of weather. Other aspects of the work include early starts and an ability to cope with regular physical work. The role involves working on very high profile sites, with many visitors, so a high level of professionalism is required. Must be willing to work outside in all weathers.

About the employer

The Royal Parks is a charity created in March 2017. We manage over 5,000 acres of diverse parkland, rare habitants and historic buildings and monuments in eight Royal Parks across London. These are Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Green park, St James's Park, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park, Richmond Park and Bushy park. We also manage other important public spaces including Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens. Our eight Royal Parks and other public spaces are among the most visited attractions in the UK with 77 million visits every year. The Royal Parks are strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and are equal opportunities employers. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome all applications. We work to create a workforce that is truly representative of the communities we serve. Successful candidates will be appointed on merit.




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Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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