The programme, which has been running since 1962, has seen many of its alumni secure permanent employment in London’s eight Royal Parks, including roles as park managers and contract managers for the parks’ landscape maintenance contractors. Former apprentices have also gone on to work for numerous other locations including Longwood Gardens in the US.
As apprentice gardeners, the successful applicants will be paid a salary to gain hands on experience and earn recognised qualifications, over an average period of three years. They will be based at one of London's Royal Parks five days a week, and released every few weeks to attend Pershore College.
Head of park services Dennis Clarke said:
"An apprenticeship in the Royal Parks normally lasts three years but there is built in flexibility to the scheme. It’s a bespoke apprenticeship, designed around the aspirations and ability of our apprentices. As well as the opportunity to complete The Royal Parks Apprenticeship Scheme Certificate of Achievement, there is also the option to study for Royal Horticultural Society certificates."
The Royal Parks apprenticeship scheme can accommodate up to 30 apprentices at any one time, and this year The Royal Parks is looking to recruit up to 15 new apprentices with various levels of skill and experience.
The deadline for applications is 25 May 2015.