The Royal parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Scheme-The Regents Park idverde Ltd

The Royal Parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Scheme is an ideal way to begin a career in horticulture. Our scheme is typically a 3-year apprenticeship combining college-based learning with unrivalled workplace training in one of London's historic Royal Parks. The role includes planting, bedding, shrubs, trees, grass cutting & bedding maintenance.

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Closing date: 26 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 07:00 to 15:30.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    28 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This a fantastic opportunity to grow your horticultural skills whilst working in one of the UK's most famous parks. Day-based 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 involvement in the events/ceremonies within the Royal Parks

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

  • Horticulture/landscape operative, which includes:
  • Horticulture or landscape construction operative Level 2
  • Functional skills English and maths level 1
  • Emergency first aid at work
  • level 2 award in the safe use of pesticides
  • Pesticide application PA6/PA6W
  • Level 2 award in safe use of pedestrian controlled mowers
  • level 2 award in 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 Park's contractors or in key local authority posts.  At the end of the apprenticeship, you will be ideally placed to continue your career in the horticulture industry either in 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, Interest in Horticulture, Academically Minded, Good Team Worker, Motivated and Enthusiastic


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 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. This role involves working on a very high profile sites, with many visitors, so a high level of professionalism is required. Must be willing to work outside in all weathers. All applications must be made through Apprenticeship vacancies. Do not contact the employer direct or this may result in your application not being considered. Wages will be confirmed as part of your contract of employment and will be at least the national minimum wage.

About the employer

Idverde are a leading supplier of grounds maintenance services to the public sector with contracts ranging from multi-service delivery partnerships with numerous local authorities to our role as legacy partner caring for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park until 2024. We deliver a wide range of green services including grass cutting, hedge trimming, sports pitch management, floral displays, planting area maintenance, litter and leaf collection, weed control, playground making tree surgery. This Apprenticeship is sponsored by The Royal Parks and will be based in The Regents Park and Primrose Hill.


idverde Ltd


Chester Road Depot

Regents Park



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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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