RHS to recruit record number of apprentices

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is preparing for its largest intake of apprentices to date, with 16 new recruits next year and 18 in 2021.

Apprentice checks plants at RHS Garden Wisley - credit: RHS Luke Macgregor

The new workers will be divided among RHS gardens in Wisley, Surrey; Rosemoor, Devon; Hyde Hall, Essex; Harlow Carr, Yorkshire; and RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, which is set to open for the first time in the summer.

Apprentices are required to work full-time for two years alongside expert teams while studying for a Level 2 apprenticeship qualification on block release at college. Successful applicants will gain skills, knowledge and a behind-the-scenes insight into professional horticulture, including cultivating areas ranging from formal borders to fruit and vegetable gardens and learning about the role of plants in a changing climate, propagation and how to operate machinery. RHS Garden Rosemoor also has its first opening for an arborist apprentice.  

Applications for the RHS apprenticeship programme close on 1st March, 2020.

RHS head of education and learning Suzanne Moss said: “Whether you’re a fan of houseplants, growing your own food or simply enjoy visiting beautiful gardens, the RHS apprenticeship scheme is a great entry point into many interesting and varied career options with no prior experience or horticultural qualifications needed.

“What’s more, demand for horticultural skills is only set to grow in the future, particularly for more specialist, technical and supervisory roles. An RHS apprenticeship is the perfect springboard to a role at a garden, country estate or nursery or onto further study,” she said.

The two-year RHS Diploma in Horticultural Practice, an in-depth work-based student programme for those who already hold an apprentice-level qualification, and one-year specialist horticultural placements are also open for applications until 1st February, 2020.

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