Horticultural Trades

Horticultural trades workers intensively cultivate vegetables, plants, fruit, shrubs, trees and flowers in greenhouses, market gardens, nurseries and orchards.

Entry Reqirements

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Typical Tasks

  • Supports trees by staking and wiring.
  • Prunes and thins trees and shrubs.
  • Propagates plants by taking cuttings and by grafting and budding, applies weed-killer, fungicide and insecticide to control pests and diseases.
  • Sows seeds and bulbs and transplants seedlings.
  • Mixes soil, composts, fertilisers and/or organic matter and spreads fertiliser and manure.
  • Prepares soil in field, bed or pot by hand or machine.

Desired Skills

Monitoring, Writing, Active Learning, Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, Critical Thinking, Mathematics, Speaking, Science, Learning Strategies

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