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The Royal Parks is looking for seven horticultural apprentices

The Royal Parks is looking for seven horticultural apprentices to help them care for some of the most historic and well-loved parks in the UK.

The successful applicants will be based in one of London’s eight Royal Parks four days a week. They will do this whilst also studying at Capel Manor College in The Regent’s Park on the remaining day.

The scheme typically lasts three years, and apprentices study for the Horticulture Landscape Operative Standard. In their final year, they can study for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 Certificates in Horticulture.

As part of their studies, horticultural apprentices will also have access to the state-of-the-art Hyde Park Nursery, which grows over 450,000 plants for all eight Royal Parks. Here, they will learn about propagation and have a hand in growing the parks’ eye-catching flowerbed displays.

The successful scheme dates back to the 1960s, with many of its apprentices going on to secure employment within The Royal Parks, or other prestigious locations such as Kew Gardens and Buckingham Palace.

Dennis Clarke, head of park services at The Royal Parks, said:
“Our apprenticeships are open to all – school leavers, people who want a career change and even those already working in the horticultural industry. We are looking for candidates with a passion for horticulture, a hunger to learn and a commitment to excellence.

“In return, we are offering the opportunity to work in world class parks, have access to horticultural experts, and have the chance to study for recognised qualifications, making this the perfect springboard for a successful career in the horticulture industry.”

Deadline for applications is 15 March 2020. Apply via www.royalparks.org.uk/apprenticeship

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