Horticulture programmes available with KEITS:


Golf Greenkeeper Level 2 Standard

A Golf Greenkeeper is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with employer’s requirements. It is their job to maintain a good quality playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience for golfers.

There are four key turf grass areas on a golf course – greens, tees, fairways and areas of rough, each of which requires a different type of maintenance. Using a range of equipment and machinery safely and competently will play a major part within an apprentices training programme. Golf Greenkeepers will also be involved in hazard, environmental and ecological operations which may include bunker maintenance, planting turf, trees, shrubs and developing wildlife habitats. The skills required to become a competent greenkeeper will be acquired whilst working on the golf course.

By the end of the programme, the apprentice will know when, how and why the range of maintenance operations are carried out.

Duration: Up to 24 months depending on prior experience

Sports Turf Operative Level 2 Standard

This occupation exists to ensure that public and private sports facilities are available for use by the public and ensures facilities are available to support the Government policy of increasing physical activity.

A Sports Turf Operative is responsible for the maintenance and renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain an appropriate quality playing surface which reflects the carrying capacity of that surface to ensure that a sustainable playing surface is provided.

The career as a Sports Turf Operative can be quite varied, potentially working across a wide range of different sports and venues, including athletics, bowls, cricket, croquet, football, hockey, horse racing, rugby league and union, tennis and ranging from general parks type sports surfaces up to first class stadia.

Working in the outdoor environment is a healthy and therapeutic activity, which contributes to the well-being of employees as well as users of sports surfaces. With the vast range of natural or artificial turf pitches available, throughout the UK and world-wide, now is an excellent time to join this well-established and dynamic profession.

Duration: Up to 24 months depending on prior experience

Horticulture/Landscape Operative Level 2 Standard

Horticulture and Landscape Operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets. Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape).

Soft landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas. The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore two options are available for this occupation; horticulture and landscape construction.

The employment area will dictate the option pursued. The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. The landscape construction option focuses on the installation of features and structures; application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management. Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers. Often people new to the industry will start in a ‘hands-on’ role covering a range of practical tasks, with specialist skills being learnt through progression. A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the works undertaken.

Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries.

Duration: expected 24 months

We also offer the following non apprenticeship options:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture
  • Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills – 60110673
  • Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills – 60110697
  • Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills – 60110703
  • Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture
NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides Horticulture Job Profile Level 2 Golf Greenkeeper Standard Level 2 Sports Turf Operative Standard Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative Standard
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Apprenticeship Vacancies

Equine Groom Apprenticeship (Stable Lodge Anna Hilton Eventing)

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Equine Groom Apprentice (Ghyll Park Equestrian Ltd)

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KEITS are an excellent training provider, from start to finish the support of my tutor was second to none. Gaining my award was a great achievement for me and I would definitely use KEITS again for my next course, highly recommended.

Zoe Templeton

The course has given me more confidence and faith in myself which I didn't have before and I notice the difference in all aspects of my life. It's also helped broaden my knowledge and know the horticultural reasons to why I do the tasks at work. It's helped my social/building relationship skills from having to interact with people of various ages and roles which I hadn't encountered before.

L.W. Surrey
Level 2 Standard Horticulture

More knowledge in Horticulture. Improved people skills, felt way more confident in any task given.

L.S. Surrey
Level 2 Standard Horticulture