Horticulturalists and Soft Landscapers are trained to maintain gardens and be involved in designing and planting containers and borders. But many also find themselves working within Garden Centre Retail.
The Foundation Skills competitions have been created to showcase the skills of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), additional learning needs (ALN), or who require additional support for learning (ASL), who are currently undertaking a course with an FE or training provider at Entry level or level 1.
These competitions provide opportunities for students and learners to develop their vocational skills, wider skills for work, personal, social and independence skills.
Through the course of this competition students and learners will undertake tasks that reflect the standards and skills required to be a skilled/semi-skilled landscaper in today’s horticultural industry. Competitors will be required to complete various elements of of added value arrangements, elements of soft landscape (bed preparation, design and planting of a raised border). As well as the ability to merchandise a display in a retail plant area.