The Landscape Apprenticeships Trailblazer group of employers has received government approval to develop new landscape apprenticeship schemes in England.
The 20 employers came together last year, with the support of the Landscape Institute, to develop proposals for employer-led landscape apprenticeships. The proposals were also supported by the Institute of Place Management. The two approved schemes are the landscape assistant scheme, a Level 4 qualification, and the landscape professional scheme – a Level 7 qualification leading to Chartered Membership of the Landscape Institute.
The Trailblazer group will now begin designing the apprenticeship standards to define the competencies required for each apprenticeship. The group plans to consult on the draft standards in May this year, with the aim of having the schemes ready for delivery in early 2019.
Once ready for delivery, the schemes will be open to all employers who are interested in taking on landscape apprentices in England. Larger employers paying the Apprenticeship Levy will be able to use their Levy contributions to fund training costs. Smaller employers will have access to government funding. Initially due to the fact that apprenticeships are a devolved policy area the apprenticeships will only be available in England. The Landscape Institute is wishing to explore apprenticeship opportunities in other devolved nations in the future.
Poppy Smith, Head of External Affairs at the Landscape Institute, welcomed the government’s approval of the proposals.
‘We have had great support in developing this initiative from our board of trustees, advisory council and members, all of whom agree that apprenticeships can help us to develop new skills and talent for the profession and increase the diversity of new entrants,’ she said. ‘This is really exciting opportunity and we look forward to supporting the Trailblazer Group in their ongoing work to prepare these apprenticeships for delivery’.
Colin Pill of lead employer Tyler Grange LLP chairs the Trailblazer group. He said:
‘Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to combine work experience with off-the-job training and give employers the opportunity to bring new talent into their business. We now have a lot of work to do now in making sure the apprenticeship standards reflect the requirements of employers across the landscape profession. We look forward to the challenge and the opportunity ahead.’
Notes to editors
- The Landscape Institute is the chartered body for the landscape profession. Its mission is to lead and inspire the profession to deliver landscape planning, management, research and design for the benefit of people, place and nature, for today and for future generations. Its vision is to develop the skills, knowledge and professional behaviours of its members; to be agile, innovative and responsive in the face of environmental challenges and major social change; and to help its members and the communities they serve deliver more sustainable ways for living and working in the future.
- Full list of employers who were involved in creating these standards:
Tyler Grange LLP (lead employer), Gillespies, Wilder Associates Ltd, Highways England, Birmingham City Council (The Landscape Practice Group), Building Design Partnership Ltd, Meathop Hall Ltd t/a Farrer Huxley Associates, Townshend Landscape Architects, Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, LDA Design, LUC, LHC, Fira Landscape Ltd t/a Fira, The Environment Partnership (TEP), Limited, Arup Group Limited, Winchester City Council, Amey, MeiLoci, Munro and Whitten Ltd, Re-form Landscape Architects Ltd.
For further information please contact Christina Hirst, Landscape Apprenticeships Consultant