Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship
The three year Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship has been developed to support the Temperate House Precinct Restoration Project.
Apprentices working in the Temperate House
This high profile project running until 2018 aims to restore one of the world’s largest Victorian conservatories to its former glory and rejuvenate the historically and scientifically important plant collections inside it. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Defra and a range of other donors.
The Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship scheme, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is open to individuals who can demonstrate a passion for horticulture, and provides a unique opportunity to learn a range of skills required to maintain plant collections in conservatories.
Some skills and practices will be contemporary, while others will be preserving traditional methods to maintain historic accuracy.
Kew wishes to recruit from a wide range of backgrounds and especially encourages applications from young local people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and / or people living in disadvantaged local communities.
The finished project will have a community outreach element and we are being helped by many people to realise connections with local communities.
Paul Campbell, a landscape architect who has been working with Kew to encourage participation, is born of Jamaican parents.
He says, 'Working with plants and nature is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your time. My career in building, design, planning and planting demonstrates the many dynamic vocations which relate to the profession of horticulture. Completing a course in Horticulture was a life changing event for me and has led to an exciting career spanning 20 years; and counting...'
If you would like to be like Paul and enter the horticultural profession, then your opportunity could lie with the Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship includes comprehensive on-the-job training and day release to attend our local horticultural college to study for a recognised qualification i.e. the RHS certificate.
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With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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