Horticulturalists and Soft Landscapers are trained to maintain gardens and be involved in designing and planting containers and borders.

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.

This competition has been designed to reflect the standards and skills that are required to be a skilled/semi-skilled landscaper in today’s horticultural industry. Competitors will be required to complete various elements of soft landscape. This will include bed preparation, design and planting of a raised border.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Creativity

  • Attention to detail

  • Health and Safety

  • Planning

  • Working independently

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail

  • Interpersonal skills

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual Competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • To be eligible to enter WorldSkills UK Competitions, participants must be at least 16 years of age on 1st September 2021
  • Participants must be either employed in the UK, studying towards a relevant UK qualification or working towards an apprenticeship in a relevant trade in the UK
  • Participants must have specific learning and support needs to enter this competition, which is suitable for learners at Entry Level 2
  • Participants may be asked to provide accreditation and/or RARPA based evidence of participants’ level and specific learning and support needs.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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