The Horticulture Apprenticeship Program is seeking host companies and organizations

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ORONO – Businesses and organizations interested in hosting a Maine Horticultural Apprentice are encouraged to register on the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website.

The Maine Horticultural Apprentice Training is a comprehensive three-part program designed to provide learners with basic horticultural training suitable for skilled entry-level positions in the horticultural industry. Developed with input from industry leaders, the program prepares learners with the practical knowledge and skills that employers want.

There are several benefits to hosting a Horticulture Apprentice Trainee from Maine, including the ability to hire an apprentice who has received training in a number of horticulture-related subjects; work with someone who has shown interest and dedication to entering the field of horticulture; and support the next generation of horticultural workforce in Maine.

Suitable learning hosts include landscaping companies, nurseries (public facing or wholesale), farms, non-profit organizations (botanical, community and school gardens, etc.) and gardening positions . Apprenticeship opportunities can be paid or volunteer positions as long as they comply with fair labor standards.

You can find more information and the list of interests on the program webpage. For questions, call 207.581.3188 or email [email protected].

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