Landscaping Apprenticeship Spotlight

Do you love the outdoors, and want a career that will see you building and maintaining beautiful green spaces? You might like to consider a career as a landscaper – and one of the best ways to get your foot in the door is by completing an apprenticeship.

 

What is a career in landscaping?

 

As a landscaper, you’ll be responsible for designing, building, and maintaining all kinds of green and natural areas. This includes things like yards and lawns, gardens, parks, and sports turf, on both a small and large scale. You might find yourself designing garden layouts and irrigation systems, building paths and garden beds, planting seeds and established plants, mowing and trimming grass, hedges, and other plants, or advising clients on growing and maintenance techniques.

There is growing interest in areas such as sustainable and native gardening and landscaping, so these might be something you could look into as well.

 

What skills do I need for a career in landscaping?

 

You’ll need to have a keen eye for space and design, as well as the willingness to get your hands dirty and do lots of work outdoors. If you have a passion for and knowledge of nature and sustainability, this could be an ideal career choice. Good communication skills are also very important to ensure you deliver just what your client has asked for.

 

Why should I consider a landscaping apprenticeship?

 

Apprenticeships are a great way to get your foot in the door with an employer and start building valuable skills. There are often lots of opportunities to continue working with your employer after your apprenticeship is complete, and even advance your career down the track.

As part of a landscaping apprenticeship, you will be doing real work for an employer while completing study with a TAFE or RTO. A landscaping apprenticeship can take anywhere between 3-4 years to complete, depending on whether you work and study full- or part-time.

Here are some common qualifications you might want to look into:

There are tons of benefits to an apprenticeship, rather than just work or study alone, including:

  • Getting paid while you learn – unlike uni, you can work and study without having to take on an insane work load.
  • The opportunity to get hands-on experience, not just endless reading.
  • The potential to connect with an employer and continue working with them after your apprenticeship is finished.
  • Your qualification will be nationally recognised, meaning you can go anywhere with it.

 

Where can I find apprenticeship opportunities?

 

Just like searching for a job, there are lots of places you can go to find an apprenticeship. You can start your search on sites like SEEK and Indeed. Take a look on social media like Facebook or LinkedIn to see if any local businesses are hiring. Sign up with an Apprenticeship Network Provider or Group Training Organisation, or even go old fashioned and take a look in the local paper or give local businesses a call.

Here are some examples of the kinds of opportunities available:

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