Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship in Botanical Horticulture - course details
Find out if the Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship is right for you.
Apprentices digging the soil in the Temperate House.
The Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship aims to teach the highest standards of professional practice to all trainees by offering structured training. It provides participants with the opportunity to gain practical experience and knowledge of the responsibilities involved in this type of work, based on the horticultural operations of two horticultural sections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprentices will receive on-the-job training which will be arranged and delivered by garden managers and trainers with a focus on using practical skills to perform real tasks. Placements are divided into six-monthly blocks and will cover areas related to historic glasshouse skills.
Training and Assessment
Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprentices have a training plan that outlines everything needed to achieve their certificate. On-the-job training will be integrated with training day sessions as needed, where theoretical tuition and practical demonstration will be delivered by Kew specialists. Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprentices have access to our libraries, computer and information systems.
The work placements are intended to make two major contributions to the scheme as a whole:
- the acquisition of craft, technical and employment skills
- the opportunity to experience the major restoration of a significant Victorian glasshouse, nursery and propagation work, and planting of bedding schemes for display
Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprentices receive a unique training log, specific to the section they are working in, which records training undertaken. Team leaders or trainers are responsible for the basic on-the-job training which is reviewed every three months.
Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprentices are required to produce a practical work journal to record personal learning on a daily basis. These work journals are evidence of development and learning and will be presented to the Studentship Review board, prior to graduation.
Plant Profiles and Monthly Identification Tests
Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprentices are required to learn up to a total of 120 plants per year. These will be presented as 10 plants a month by an ident co-ordinator. Apprentices will complete plant profiles for these plants and be assessed with a plant identification test. These tests will incorporate previous months' plants leading to an overall test at the end of each year.
Within each section, you will be given a practical test on specific horticultural operations, to confirm you have attained skills to the required standard.
In order to pass the Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship, you must:
- successfully pass the practical placement to the required standard
- undertake all standard training requirements
- successfully pass all the practical assessments to the required standard
- produce a weekly work journal for each placement
- complete all plant profiles, up to 120 per year per section
- attend the monthly identification tests
- attend and pass the End of Scheme review
Successful participants will be awarded a Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship Certificate and a Transcript of Practical Training. This is a bespoke programme managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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