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FAQ | HHSS - Heritage Horticulture Skills Scheme
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Frequently Asked Questions


The Scheme is now closed to new trainees


I am 17½, can I apply?

No, you have to be 18 at the start of the traineeship according the funding rules. We will be taking in 3 more groups after this initial intake. You will be eligible on your age for the next one so keep in touch with this website for application dates for the next group of trainees.


I have been gardening for several years but never got any qualifications, can I apply?

We are looking for keen gardeners who can demonstrate a sound basis of practical horticulture. If you can demonstrate to us you have the equivalent of RHS level 1, then on the qualification side you would be eligible to apply.


I have a Masters in the landscape design and am interested in learning about practical gardening?

This scheme is very much for hands on gardeners looking at becoming excellent in their practical specialism. An exclusively academic background would not meet the practical qualification required.


I have undertaken a HBGB placement but have been unable to find work and would like to become more specialised?

Sorry but this scheme is focusing on those who have not yet had the opportunity of a traineeship.


I am an American gardener at the start of my horticultural career. Can I apply?

Applicants from overseas must have a suitable visa in place before applying and have a commitment to develop their career initially in Wales.


What will the interview be like?

Short listed applicants will be sent full details of the selection process. This will be based on practical tests as well as plant identification and general questions about your experience and interest in the scheme. Part of the selection process will be held out doors whatever the weather so be prepared!


How soon would I know if I've got a place?

We expect to be selecting the week of the interviews and issuing letters of offers soon after with the intention of trainees starting end of September/early October


Do I need to speak Welsh ?

No, this is not a requirement for the traineeship. Most of the training will be through the medium of English but at some sites there will be the opportunity to converse in Welsh and have the opportunity to develop language skills informally.


Can I do the traineeship in less than 14 months?

No, trainees will be offered a 14 month traineeship. Again we would not look for trainees to complete this faster as the timing has been considered to cover seasonal horticultural tasks and the time necessary to learn techniques to the skills level the scheme requires.


Can I do half the time at one garden and the rest at another?

No, the trainee is placed at one garden for the duration of the traineeship but there are opportunities to undertake specific training days at other partner sites and at other venues which support the particular modules being taken. Travel costs are covered by the scheme.


Will I be studying on my own?

You will be provided with support during the traineeship through your supervisor and mentor and meet up on a regular basis with the other trainees to compare notes and exchange feedback


What if I change my mind about the scheme when I start?

There is an induction month at the start of each traineeship during which both yourself and HHSS will be carefully assessing suitability. To be able to continue with the traineeship you will have to pass this induction month. If you do not wish to carry on, Lantra will with draw your traineeship and require you to reimburse the balance of the bursary payment.