Applications open on April 27 for two new heritage gardening courses co-funded by the National Trust and the National Gardens Scheme. There are ten places available on each course, both of which start in September 2012.

The one-year Foundation Certificate will develop the essential practical skills required to look after heritage gardens (the greatest examples of which are Sissinghurst, Hidcote and Stourhead), and is aligned with the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Level 2 in Horticulture. The two-year Diploma builds on the foundation level and is available to those with relevant experience and qualifications. Trainees on both courses will work alongside the Trust’s most experienced Head Gardeners at some of the best-loved gardens in the country.

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Foundation course
Ten NT Certificate in Gardening posts will be available annually on a fully-funded basis (NT centre pays salary, college and all other costs)

Entry requirements: Qualifications (gained or expect to achieve) at GCSE Grade C or above or equivalent in English Language, Mathematics, an Art or Science subject, and one other academic subject. Some experience of practical work in a garden, or garden centre, or nursery, or the arts, design or garden history, in a variety of weather conditions.

Two year Diploma
Ten posts will be fully funded (salary, college and all other costs)
Additional posts to be offered on a fully funded basis to NT properties, should funds be available locally. This option will open up opportunities for local sponsorship. Five places will be made available to staff from external garden organizations / garden owners (employer paying college costs).

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