“We are well on the way to realising our objective of gardening and horticulture being a career path for young people who might not have thought of it, had the opportunity to consider it, or are facing challenges within their lives”
Bernard Williams, Master, The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
Launched in 2016, Future Gardeners is an innovative training and work experience scheme, giving participants the core skills to gain entry level jobs in the horticulture industry without having any previous experience or specialist education.
Bankside Open Spaces Trust has teamed up with The Worshipful Company of Gardeners and the Royal Parks Guild, to deliver the programme set to run for five years. Open to all who want to try out a career in gardening, Future Gardeners is an educational scheme doesn’t require entrants to have minimum educational qualifications.
As well as pre-apprenticeship training and a City & Guilds qualification, the budding horticulturists will have their career options enhanced by being introduced to key employers in the sector, including some at London’s finest parks and gardens.
76% of Future Gardeners who completed the course are now working in the horticultural industry. Find out more about the course’s impact by reading our Future Gardeners reports:
More about the course and how to apply
The Future Gardeners course runs three times a year starting in January, May and September. The course is completely free and runs for 10 weeks part-time. Sessions are based at Red Cross Garden near London Bridge and Walworth Garden near Kennington, South London.
To apply for a place on the next course please fill in this form. If you are unable to fill out the form online please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7403 3393 to apply.