The two-year Wakehurst apprenticeship is an entry level position designed for individuals desiring a professional career at senior craft level in botanical or amenity horticulture. Apprentices are employed on a salary and college fees and staff exchanges are supported financially by the School of Horticulture.
A Wakehurst apprentice will gain work experience across our Arboriculture, Conservation, Gardens and Nursery teams, working with botanic garden collections, ornamental horticulture, exotic woodlands, nature conservation and plant propagation. As part of this work experience, on-the-job training will be arranged and delivered by garden managers and trainers, with a focus on practical skills using real tasks.
Personal development is encouraged with a two-week staff exchange to a European botanic garden or plant collection and a competitive travel scholarship opportunity for two-weeks at the beginning of the second year both of these are subject to Covid-19 restrictions on travel.
Each apprentice will be granted day release to attend a local horticultural college, where they will study and prepare for the horticulture operative Trailblazer apprenticeship standard at Level 2.