'Cultivate' horticulture training programme
What skills will I learn?
You'll work alongside industry professionals in a variety of settings, such as community gardens, private gardens, and public spaces, gaining exposure to different facets of the horticulture industry. You'll actively contribute to ongoing projects, gaining real-world experience in areas such as plant selection, garden maintenance, plant care, pruning, mowing and hedge trimming. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to interact with clients, providing insights into customer service and project management.
What happens if I can't do some of the tasks?
We have an opt-in system, so you're under no pressure to do a task if you don't feel comfortable. We'll work with you to look at ways to adapt the task, or the method, and look at different tools and techniques. You can opt out or take rest breaks at any time.
I have additional needs - can I still apply?
Yes! We're committed to fostering inclusivity and providing opportunities whatever your abilities, additional needs or background.
What sort of jobs could I get?
Of the 30 people who've taken part in our programme, 28 have already found work. Most have found work in the horticulture industry. Others used their Cultivate reference and the transferable skills learned on the Programme to find work in other sectors.
How long would I stay on the Programme for?
You can stay on the Programme for as long as you like. On average, people find work after 13 sessions.
Any other questions?
Please get in touch!
Phone: 01323 406945
Background to the programme:
Dan Ori, GIA Director, was inspired to start the Cultivate Programme because he had seen through his own experience the huge skills shortage in the horticulture industry. At the same time, he realised it can be difficult for people without formal qualifications, or who have faced challenges in their lives, to get the skills and confidence to find work.
Dan has also drawn on his own health challenges to create an inclusive programme, which welcomes people of all abilities, and adapts to individuals' needs.