Modern Apprenticeships Blossom at the Botanics

An apprenticeship scheme which gives young people the chance to pursue a career in horticulture is being continued at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

The Modern Apprenticeship scheme introduced at the Botanics in 2011 is now looking for two new recruits to study and work towards an SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture.

RBGE’s Associate Director of Horticulture, David Knott, explained: “The Horticultural apprenticeship scheme at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh provides an excellent opportunity to gain practical horticultural experience whilst working in the seven different garden areas; arboriculture, alpine, display and research glasshouses, herbaceous, turf and nursery. At the same time the apprentices attend Oatridge College in West Lothian one day a week studying towards an SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture. On the job training and mentoring by RBGE staff is a real focus and with one eye to the future the apprentices will hopefully be the Horticultural staff of the future.’’

 The two-year Modern Apprenticeship scheme at RBGE is open to 16 to 19 year olds and offers a full time work programme of learning and qualifications. The apprentices study for the SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture on a day release basis at Oatridge College.

 After successfully completing the two-year apprenticeship the apprentices may have the opportunity to extend the training period for another two years to undertake an SVQ Level 3 horticultural qualification.

Details of the apprenticeships can be found at

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)