Horticultural manager apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this rolea graduate training scheme
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:
- horticulture and management
- commercial horticulture
- horticulture and plant science
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could work towards this role by doing a college course
in a relevant subject like:
- Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture
- Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
- Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice
- You can also complete Royal Horticultural Society qualifications.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course
- 1 or 2 A-Levels, a Level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a Level 4 course
You can work towards a management job by starting on a horticulture supervisor Level 3 apprenticeship. There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You could work your way into this job by starting as a horticultural worker and applying for promotion when you have more experience and qualifications.
Some larger companies have graduate management trainee schemes for the fresh food, produce and arable industries. You'll usually need a degree to apply.
Horticultural manager apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of biology
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- business management skills
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to motivate and manage staff
- the ability to sell products and services
- excellent verbal communication skills
- customer service skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Horticultural manager apprenticeships - what you'll do
On a typical day you may:
- prepare and update operational and business plans
- keep records and manage budgets and accounts
- analyse costs
- develop new products and markets, and negotiate with suppliers
- design layouts and develop planting programmes
- schedule the planting and harvesting of crops
- manage pest, disease and weed control programmes
- make sure health and safety regulations and procedures are followed
- recruit and manage a skilled and trained workforce
You could work in an office or at a garden centre.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.
Career path and progression - Horticultural manager apprenticeships
You could move to a senior management position or set up your own nursery or garden centre.
You could complete The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Master of Horticulture qualification, if you have the RHS Level 3 Diploma or equivalent and at least 4 years of experience.