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Course code: XMZN301P
Subject area: Apprentices
Study level: Apprenticeship
Course level: 2
9:00am - 5:00pm
1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023
01235 216 216
Horticulture or landscape operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets.
Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft- landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas.
Duration:• 15 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment
Delivery model:• Work-based training with your employer• Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year• 14 days college attendance to complete Horticulture Principles and Practice course• 2 days college attendance to complete Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid course• 2 days college attendance to complete Level 2 PA1 Pesticides course• Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)• Off the job training will count for at least 20% of an apprentice’s time at work
Qualifications included:• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths• Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid• Level 2 PA1 Pesticides
End Point Assessment:• Knowledge test• Practical assessment• Professional discussion
What will apprentices learn?• Industry understanding; the importance and benefits of green-space and the types of horticultural skills appropriate to different businesses and cultural sites.• Business; business policies, vision and values. Workers’ contribution to earning profit and awareness of commercial pressure. Understanding of how project management informs a team to achieve objectives. • Communication; the importance of clear communication. Knowledge of different forms of communication aids and their use. The value of effective and timely communication in customer care.• Health and safety; health and safety regulation, legislation, policy and procedure and the responsibility of workers. Knowledge of hazards and working to strict health, safety, quality and environmental (HSQE) processes particularly appropriate to horticultural sites.• Environmental; waste and waste reduction and recycling and environmental best practice. Prevention and control of local pollution incidents.• Plant growth and development; plant nutrition and plant requirements. The principles of germination, photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration (the science of plant growth). How to care for plants correctly in different environments. The relationship between environmental conditions and plant growth.• Tools, equipment and machinery; correct tools, equipment and machinery required for the job and the importance of maintenance and regular checks of these items to ensure they remain in good working order. Legal requirement of training by a competent person and familiarity with operator training and certification requirements.