A day as a gardener

Your day begins at your local NHS hospital, with a 9am meeting to discuss today's duties with the other grounds staff. Together, you decide to cut back a large tree near the entrance of the hospital, and you and a team mate are selected for the task. In the afternoon you're on general maintenance duty, making sure the grounds are neat and tidy. At 4pm, you meet with the team again, and discuss plans for a new mini-garden which will be created near the rear of the hospital. Your horticultural training means you can suggest attractive and relaxing features for the garden, and help design a haven for patients and relatives. You finish at 5pm, ready to unwind after a busy day's work.

Does this sound like you?

You're interested in gardening and enjoy working outdoors, even in bad weather. You'd like to work as part of a team, and are physically fit and healthy.

What's next after GCSE?

Although GCSEs aren't essential to work as a gardener, it's a good idea to get some good basic qualifications. Then, you can apply for a job or apprenticeship and study part-time horticultural qualification, such as a Royal Horticultural Society award, certificate or diploma.

What's next after A level and beyond?

After GCSEs or A levels, you can apply for jobs and apprenticeships and study horticultural qualifications part-time while you're working. Job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS can be found on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk. You can also find apprenticeships on the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship