RHS Garden Wisley Level 2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

Are you interested in plants & gardening and want to make it your career? Train at RHS Garden Wisley for 2 years, working across its garden teams to gain knowledge, skills, training and experience to enhance and deepen your interest in horticulture. Join us for your first step onto the career ladder in this exciting 'green' industry!

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

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Generally Monday- Friday 7.30- 16.00, occasional weekend work will be required. Weekend work time is taken back as time off in lieu (TOIL) either the previous or following week.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Establish, cultivate & maintain plants and gardens
  • Use horticultural tools and machinery
  • Learn how to become environmentally aware at work 

The training you will be getting

  • L2 Horticulture Operative Standard
  • Training provided by Plumpton College, West Sussex
  • Delivery is block release; 6 x 1 week residential blocks at college (accommodation & transport provided) and 4 x 1 weeks online college blocks over the two year period


What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Full time employment as a gardener in a public or historic garden
  • Full time employment with or as garden maintenance contractor
  • Entry for another qualification in the horticulture sector

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Physical fitness, Work outside in all weathers


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4) Desired

Things to consider

Please note: you will be expected to work outside in all weathers either hot or cold and wet. We provide full uniform and personal protective equipment such as boots, waterproofs, tools etc. You must be willing to stay away from home for up to 5 days at a time for your residential college blocks in student accommodation at the college in Sussex.

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 all backgrounds to stay inclusive and avoid indirect discrimination.




RHS Garden Wisley


GU23 6QB


School of Horticulture (work based training)


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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Please use the link above to find out much more information and then follow the 'apply now' link on the website to reach our online recruitment system

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

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Mar 2024