Government Gives Green Light for Landscape Apprenticeships

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The Landscape Apprenticeships Trailblazer group of employers has received government approval to develop new landscape apprenticeship schemes in England.

TEP is delighted to be one of the 20 employers who came together last year, with the support of the Landscape Institute, 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 Trailblazer group will now begin designing the apprenticeship standards to define the competencies required for each apprenticeship.  The group plans to consult on the draft standards in May this year, with the aim of having the schemes ready for delivery in early 2019.

Once ready for delivery, the schemes will be open to all employers who are interested in taking on landscape apprentices in England.  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.  Initially due to the fact that apprenticeships are a devolved policy area the apprenticeships will only be available in England. The Landscape Institute is wishing to explore apprenticeship opportunities in other devolved nations in the future.

This is a really exciting opportunity and TEP is proud to be a part of the Group.  Apprenticeships will develop new skills and talent for the profession and increase the diversity of new entrants.  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.  Now that Government approval is secured, the Trailblazer Group has more work to do, making sure the apprenticeship standards reflect the requirements of employers across the landscape profession.  We look forward to the challenge and the opportunity ahead.

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