BECOME AND APPRENTICE
Getting into the great outdoors, getting your hands dirty, working hard and keeping fit are all part of being a landscaper. Let alone knowing about plants and designing and creating natural or man-made masterpieces. So why not get paid to learn?
Undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship allows you to learn real skills in the workplace, become qualified in a trade or vocation and be paid a wage while you're learning. You'll enter into a training contract with an employer and a training provider that will allow you to combine hands-on training in the workplace with off-job study in a classroom or workshop.
When you take on an Apprenticeship, you'll:
The Apprenticeship Network Provider Centre will come to your workplace, and you will complete a Training Agreement. You will agree to work for the Employer as an Apprentice, and the Employer agrees to train you and register you with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Once this agreement has been completed and signed, the RTO will receive all of your and your employers' details so they can contact your Employer to get you enrolled for Trade school (which typically you will attend one day per week).
The RTO will contact you to complete a Basic English and Maths assessment. The assessment helps the RTO identify areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.
The RTO will then enrol you in the Units of Competency email you and your Employer the start date and timetable.
Once you have completed and passed all your units of competency (typically in 3-4 years), the RTO will inform your Employer. Your Employer will then decide if you are competent on the job in all the units (referred to as 'signing off' your apprenticeship).
Once you have been signed off as competent, you will be awarded your certificate and have your trade qualification!