Keep Your Horticultural Career One Step Ahead in 2023!

Keep Your Horticultural Career One Step Ahead in 2023!

The Royal Horticulture Society has been at the forefront of horticultural training for over 200 years. On the 1st December, annual applications for horticultural work-based training opened across all RHS gardens.

These are unique opportunities to grow hands-on skills and experience alongside experts, to prepare for life in industry, and are fully paid meaning no debt at the end of training.

One Year Professional Placements

All gardens are offering one-year Professional Work Placement (PWP) positions for those with some experience and an existing Level 2 horticultural qualification. 

As this is not a formal qualification, the full year can be spent immersed in the chosen specialism, really understanding the seasonality of the area of interest and honing skills working alongside experts.

There are a large number of specialist areas on offer including Edibles, Ornamental, Propagation and Community & Wellbeing. 

Watch the video to hear the benefits of applying and what you’ll learn.

Level 3 & Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice

For those looking to grow knowledge and skills at a more senior level, then the Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice at RHS Garden Wisley offers a formal qualification, providing students with an intensive learning experience over two years.

Entry eligibility are the same as the PWP, but with this programme students rotate around the garden learning about all areas of ornamental horticulture, whilst developing supervisory skills, including management practices, budgeting and communication.

Design & Build at RHS Chelsea

Students are actively involved a range of opportunities such as helping at RHS shows like Chelsea, designing and building a garden in the local community, visiting gardens, and managing their own allotment space. There are 10 opportunities available on the diploma programme, where student accommodation is available, so re-location is possible.

Image: Trainees tidying pond plants and water lilies in the Long Ponds at RHS Garden Wisley.: © RHS / Paul Debois

Save this Date!

The RHS are hosting a free virtual event on Thursday 12th January 2023 at 6.30 pm to help interested applicants discover everything they need to know about the diploma programme, and life as an employed student.

The evening will provide an overview of the programme, details of eligibility, accommodation, salary, how to apply, and an opportunity to hear speakers including Sue Moss - Head of Education and Learning, Sheila Das – Garden Manager, and current student’s on their experience to date, from what they are learning to what it is like living together in Wisley Village.

Two additional guest speakers, both alumni but at different stages in their career, will also talk about key skills gained and how it has helped them in their career.

Visit for more information and to register.

Enter a Career in Horticulture

For those that love the outdoors but are new to horticulture, Level 2 Apprenticeships require no prior experience or qualifications.

These two-year, full-time apprenticeships are a mix of college (block-release) and work-place learning, and are available across all five gardens. RHS Garden Bridgewater are also offering one Level 2 Arboriculture Apprenticeship, so a head for heights is a must!

Applications for Diploma and PWP positions close on the 1 February 2023 and Apprenticeships close on 1 March, all positions start in August/September.




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Our latest news library for 'Green Technology' is attracting fresh news content and sponsorship from this rapidly growing sector within horticulture. All Major Plant Trade Fairs are featured such as GrootGroenPlus, held in October.

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This is set to attract exhibits from nurseries and growers across Europe as well as hardscape suppliers and equipment manufacturers.