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Apprenticeship training course

Horticulture or landscape construction operative (level 2)

Constructing and maintaining gardens, parks, greenspaces and other horticultural areas

Qualification level
2
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
£6,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Apply health and safety processes and procedures including risk assessments and or construction design management (CDM), manual handling, legislative requirements and organisational policies. Follow safe systems of work and safety information in line with employer requirements or site context (for example clearing their route before transporting materials).
  • Apply environmental mitigation measures including storage and disposal of waste, for example sorting materials for recycling or composting, acting in compliance with legal requirements, organisational policies and pollution controls.
  • Select, undertake a pre start check, set up, clean, store and safely operate tools, equipment and machinery (including pedestrian controlled and handheld) in line with current legislation and business policies.
  • Communicate with technical (for example supervisors or managers) and non-technical audiences (for example clients or the public) using language appropriate to the audience.
  • Identify plants commonly grown in the UK by scientific names including genus species and or cultivar.
  • Maintain the correct phytosanitary and bio-security procedures for the site, in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Identify and report symptoms and or signs of commonly found UK plant pests, pathogens and disorders.
  • Maintain plant health for example providing for basic needs such as water, nutrition (either organic or inorganic), light.
  • Cultivate, improve and preserve soils by mechanical methods and or by hand including amelioration and mulching (these might be imported or natural).
  • Clear unwanted vegetation, selecting techniques to be used (for example weeding).
  • Remove unwanted or damaged growth from plants using a pruning cut.
  • Plant shrubs and a tree using a simple tree pit.
  • Install turf for situation.
  • Mow turf using pedestrian controlled powered driven mower.
  • Maintain or protect hard surfaces, features or structures for example painting, re-gravelling, removing weeds from paving, drain clearance, cleaning.
  • Use digital tools and techniques for research, collaboration, continuous professional development and resolution of problems.

Full information on Horticulture or landscape construction operative (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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