The Royal Parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Scheme consists of:
The length of the scheme will depend on the entry level and qualifications studied, however it will typically be 3 years.
You will be given training in the theory and practice of developing and maintaining high quality public gardens, sports grounds and green communal areas.
We will train you in theoretical and practical horticulture, together with cultivation, design and landscape management. You’ll also learn about pest control and soil science, and be trained to operate a range of machinery.
Classroom learning will be combined with practical experience that will utilise the unique and unrivalled environments across the Royal Parks.
The college and location of day release learning will be confirmed prior to the start of the scheme.
Upon completion of the Scheme you will receive the Royal Parks Certificate of Achievement or The Royal Parks Diploma (dependent on the level you reach). You will also have the opportunity to gain the following qualifications:
As a Royal Parks apprentice you will be employed by one of The Royal Parks' Landscape Maintenance Contractors. Your duties will typically include:
The Royal Parks Apprenticeship Scheme is an ideal way to begin a career in the horticultural and park management industry. This is a unique opportunity to work in London’s historic parkland.
As a Royal Parks apprentice, you’ll work and learn in one of London’s finest parks and get paid while you complete your education. When you finish the course, you’ll be qualified as a skilled gardener and you’ll have gained a vast amount of experience from working in one of the UK’s most famous parks - Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park, Richmond Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park, or Kensington Gardens. These parks are widely recognised as among the best of their kind in the world.
At the end of the 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.
Many past Royal Parks Apprentices are now employed as Park Managers, Supervisors or Contract Managers for The Royal Parks and in other high profile locations such as Buckingham Palace, Crystal Palace Football Club and prestigious gardens worldwide.
Your salary will depend on age, skills and experience and will be at least the National Minimum Wage for your age group.
We are looking for people with a passion for gardening, who are keen to pursue a career in horticulture and park management. You should enjoy working outdoors, in all weathers, and be prepared for early starts. A positive attitude, appetite for learning and good communication will all help you to get the most from the Apprenticeship.
You will be working in some of the most popular parks in the UK; you should be keen to positively represent The Royal Parks to the millions of Londoners and tourists who visit them.
At least 2 GCSEs grades A-C, preferably in English and Maths or equivalent grades are desirable.
Applications are welcomed from all backgrounds and age groups.
You can apply through the National Apprenticeship website.
There are 7 vacancies available across the Royal Parks, the level of qualification you study will depend on your skills and experience, please apply for the level that you feel to be most suitable for you.
You only need to apply to one park, so please apply to your preferred location. Please be aware that your location preference will be taken into account, although you may be offered an opportunity in another park if appropriate.
The closing date for applications is Friday 9 June 2017
The assessment process will include literacy and numeracy assessment, a telephone interview and an open day in London to make an initial selection of candidates. Successful candidates from the open day will then be invited for interview with the relevant Landscape Maintenance Contractor who will be your employer.
Successful applicants will be offered a probationary period in August with a view to starting the Scheme in September 2017.
If you have any questions or to find out more about working in The Royal Parks please email email@example.com