Good news! Pretty soon there will be a brand new way to kick start your career in landscape!

We’re one step closer to launching landscape apprenticeships in England, as the government approved two new apprenticeship standards this month!

Supported and facilitated by the Landscape Institute, these apprenticeships have been developed by a group of 20 employers from across the landscape industry.

Thanks to their hard work, this means there will be an alternative route into the landscape profession, which will help develop new talent and teach you all of the knowledge and skills you need to become a practitioner!

About the new apprenticeships

The Level 3 Landscape Technician Apprenticeship will typically take 2 years to complete. Apprentices who pass will be invited to take the next step in their career, and join the Landscape Institute as Technician Members.

The Level 7 Chartered Landscape Professional Apprenticeship will typically take 5-6 years to complete. During this time, apprentices will undertake an LI-accredited degree (undergraduate and/or postgraduate) and successful apprentices will become Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute* .

(*Becoming a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute is a great way to kick start your career, as it’s the mark of quality and excellence for the landscape profession. It lets employers and clients know that they can expect the highest standards from you – which will lead to more jobs and opportunities!)

Next steps

For the next stage of the journey, government will need to approve assessment methods, and decide which universities and colleges will deliver the apprenticeships.

We predict that final approval will be given later this year, which means a small number of apprenticeships should be available as early as September 2020!

Going forward, we hope to see more apprenticeships on offer, as well as similar schemes launched in other parts of the UK.

Find out more about the Landscape Institute here.