Horticulture Supervisor

Level 3 Apprenticeship

A Horticulture Supervisor can manage a site with minimum supervision, supervise a team and maintain the health and safety and security of personnel and resources.

Specialising in horticulture, this apprenticeship will focus on plant propagation and plant growth, the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas in addition to development the supervisory skills to manage horticulture projects. 

What apprentices will learn

  • Horticulture management appropriate to different sites
  • Project process, planning work scheduling and requrements to meet specification
  • Working to a budget
  • Business operations and the impact of decisions
  • Customer care
  • Managing teams to deliver customer service
  • Supervision; how to communicate with a team and provide work instructions
  • How to manage a teams performance and provide feedback to team members and managers
  • Health and safety, implement and maintain a positive safety culture with a team
  • Waste hazards and waste reduction and recycling
  • Plan growth and development,
  • Understanding what nutrients plants need
  • Knowledge of what grows well in different soils
  • How to use and maintain gardening tools and equipment
  • Plant removal
  • Pest and disease control
  • Tools, equipment and machinery
  • Plant propagation methods using seed or vegetative methods
  • Plant identification and classication
  • Protection of biodiversity and heritage
  • Assess, repair and maintain hard structures

Qualifications Awarded

  • Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Emergency first aid: Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work.
  • Pesticides: Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
  • Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian hand held Equipment (horticulture pathway only)
  • Level 2 in maths and English (if applicable)

Delivery model

A mix of practical and theoretical teaching and learning at Plumpton College main campus and our Hortculture Centre of Excellence based at One Garden Brighton, for two days a month (Wednesday & Thursday) during term time only. In addition to this, online theory workshops and guest talks and the opportunity to attend masterclasses will be available. 

End Point Assessment

  • Professional discussion based on apprentice’s portfolio
  • Online knowledge test
  • Practical assessment
  • Supervisory studies project

Course details

Dates & Location

Next cohort preboarding and enrolment in September/October 2024 with commencement of in college delivery from November 2024


Typically 24 months (some apprentices could complete sooner depending on their previous experience and qualifications, their perfomance during the apprenticeship and the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in the workplace)


Costs to the employer will be dependent on several factors such as age of apprentice and size (number of employees) of the business. Please contact our Business Services team on 01273 892127 for more information.

An apprentice must not be asked to cover any associated training costs linked to their apprenticeship programme.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Prior to enrolment potential apprentices will be required to complete;

  • Maths and English assessment
  • Existing skills, knowledge and behaviour assessment

To enrol onto an apprenticeship programme you need to be employed with a contract of employment. If you have an employer lined up or are already employed please contact our Business Services team on 01273 892127 or via email.

You must be in a role that will allow you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship. Additionally, apprentices must have a working level of maths and English that will allow successful achievement of level 2 functional skill prior to the end point assessment.

If you do not currently have an employer please visit the main Apprenticeships page for guidance on how to find and apply for an apprenticeship opportunity or register for our Talent Bank service.

If you are an employer and would like to recruit or enrol an existing employee onto an apprenticeship please contact our Business Services team on  01273 892127 or via email.


  • You will have access to an unrivalled learning environment with access to extensive college grounds and large scale garden for practical delivery along with off site learning at One Garden Brighton where learners will have the opportunity to gain practical learning experience (plant and maintain) in a commercial venue.
  • Industry experienced tutors with extensive experience of working in stately home gardens, retail garden centres and country estates supervising large multi-site team of gardeners.
  • Discount on range of Lantra, NPTC and BALI training and assessment courses delivered by LandPro Training

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