The vast majority of your time will be spent outside learning and practising the various horticultural techniques. There will be some opportunity for polytunnel/ glasshouse works for the propagation and fruit training modules and also depending on your host site which may specialise in this.
Trainees will be required to attend some sessions at Associate sites to ensure all the module elements are covered. There will also be opportunities to visit other sites in UK for specialist input and master classing
Trainees will meet up formally on a quarterly basis and on the master class and site visit trips. Informally the trainees are encouraged to exchange information and their experiences with each other and to post blogs on the HHSS website about their progress.
Very little. This scheme is championing practical proficiency. Reading around your training topics is expected. Relevant reference books have been provided to each site and will also be provided to trainees. These are to support the practical application. Some will only be occasionally used for reference whilst others are expected to become dog eared and dirty through frequent use.
This scheme is responding to the common complaint from employers of the lack of high skills level in new horticultural recruits. This scheme will give you the confidence and proficiency to demonstrate excellence. We will be hosting a number of ‘Meet the Trainee Days’ targeted at future employers and will be encouraging them to link with our website and follow your progress through your blogs.