Wiltshire college and university centre


Wiltshire college and university centre

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Lackham is the College’s specialist campus for land-based study. With an incredible range of resources and having recently undergone a £9million redevelopment, Lackham is the home of award-winning vocational teaching in the land-based industries set in 1,000 beautiful acres of rural countryside.
Our facilities include a 200-year-old Walled Garden, modern glasshouses including a tropical hothouse, manicured lawns and gardens as well as sports pitches, ornamental walkways, woodlands and wetlands. Supported by our experienced lecturers, assessors and Gardens team, your learning will be hands-on, underpinned by detailed theoretical knowledge. Lackham offers horticultural courses for school leavers, industry professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike, with popular part-time RHS courses and apprenticeships running alongside our full-time study options.

Why study at Wiltshire College & University Centre

You’ll be equipped with the skills for a wide variety of careers in horticulture, with practical activities reinforced by theory and academic learning. You’ll learn how to name, identify and select plants as well as how to care for them. An essential part of a gardener’s skillset is the use and maintenance of machinery, and you’ll be trained by expert lecturers and our professional gardening team on how to use Lackham’s wide range of equipment. You will learn how to develop hard landscapes, with opportunities to work on Lackham’s sports pitches and broader range of man-made environments, ensuring you have the experience to be flexible in your profession. Key modules in horticultural business practices offer invaluable experience when seeking employment or even to start your own business.

Level-2-Sports-Turf-Operative Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship overview Sports Turf Operative role is responsible for maintaining and renovating sports surfaces to make sure that public and private sports facilities are available for use. It will primarily be carried out in an outdoors environment and sites will range from general grass root sports surfaces, sports clubs, schools, up to international stadiums and training facilities. Employing organisations may be of varying sizes depending on the geographical coverage of the organisation.

Level-2-Horticulture-or-Landscape-Operative Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship overview This apprenticeship is suitable for roles across industry including maintenance of community spaces and private gardens, food and plant growing and production, maintaining wildlife habitats as well as careers in sustainability and biodiversity. Employers may be charities, commercial businesses or governmental organisations and range in size from micro businesses through to large employers.


Apprenticeship overview Land-based Service Engineer Technicians typically work on site utilising their own initiative in a customer facing role taking health and safety policies, regulations and guidelines into account at all times. They are often called upon to mentor and supervise junior colleagues and dispense advice to customers on machinery selection. This requires a blend of skills, knowledge and behaviours, safe working and environmental practice capabilities covering; power units, power trains, fabrication, mechanical, electrical, elec


Apprenticeship overview This role is based on the employer’s premises under supervision with some independent work across a diverse range of tasks and machinery, plant and equipment specific to their sector within the land-based engineering industry


Apprenticeship overview A Horticulture or Landscape Supervisor can manage a site with minimum supervision, supervise a team and maintain the health and safety and security of personnel and resources. They can be employed to oversee work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets.