The Landscape Apprenticeships Trailblazer group has received government approval to develop new landscape apprenticeship schemes in England.
The 20 employers that comprise the group came together in 2017 to develop proposals for employer-led landscape apprenticeships. The two approved schemes are the landscape assistant scheme, a Level 4 qualification, and the landscape professional scheme – a Level 7 qualification leading to Chartered Membership of the Landscape Institute.
The group will now begin designing the apprenticeship standards to define the competencies required for each apprenticeship and plans to consult on the draft standards in May, with the aim of having the schemes ready for delivery in early 2019.
Larger employers paying the apprenticeship levy will be able to use their levy contributions to fund training costs. Smaller employers will have access to government funding.
Poppy Smith, head of external affairs at the Landscape Institute, said: “We have had great support in developing this initiative from our board of trustees, advisory council and members, all of whom agree that apprenticeships can help us to develop new skills and talent for the profession and increase the diversity of new entrants.
“This is really exciting opportunity and we look forward to supporting the Trailblazer Group in their ongoing work to prepare these apprenticeships for delivery.”
Colin Pill, lead employer of Tyler Grange, who also chairs the Trailblazer group added: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to combine work experience with off-the-job training and give employers the opportunity to bring new talent into their business.
“We now have a lot of work to do now in making sure the apprenticeship standards reflect the requirements of employers across the landscape profession. We look forward to the challenge and the opportunity ahead.”