Work-based training

Learning Skills on the job – we offer various programmes to help people of all abilities to develop their skills. This training is delivered both at our Hawkwood growing site, and also in garden sites around Waltham Forest and the surrounding boroughs.

Check out all our current courses

Trial Placements

This 3- 10 week skills development opportunity is goal-orientated based on individual needs. It is for those volunteers who would value a supported introduction to the site and a chance to think about what step to take next. For further information please contact Jo (

Accredited Horticulture Work Experience

City & Guilds Practical Horticultural Skills level 1 – This introductory course is for anyone who is thinking about working as a gardener or making some changes to their home garden, but who lacks the experience or confidence and wants to begin to develop a range of basic and technical skills. Read more about this training

Hawkwood Horticulture level 1 –This 10 week placement is aimed at 16-25 year olds in our FoodWorks programme.

Community Garden Courses – These are 6-10 week courses that are delivered in the various community gardens which are supported by Organiclea. These courses include Practical Gardening Skills to accredited Level 1 in Horticulture.


A traineeship takes on a specific area of responsibility and develops specific skills and experience in community food growing, community outreach work, local food distribution and horticulture training. The roles are 1-2 days a week, voluntary and will run for 9 months from April to December 2014.

These roles are aimed at people who want to develop skills to make a livelihood from community food work. Of 8 the apprentices taken on in 2012, 5 have found work in community food growing. Read more about past traineeships.


This role is for someone committed to pursuing a livelihood as a market gardener in a community setting, and seeking to gain the skills and experience to further this aim.  It is a one year paid post, for 30 hours per week. With funds confirmed from the City Bridge Trust, Organiclea, with 10 other London organisations, is involved in a unique pilot scheme to develop and assess models that enable the “horticulture, gardening sector to achieve its employability potential as a sector that can offer a range of opportunities at every level…” We have currently filled our apprentice role.

Garden Care

Organiclea Garden Care is an new enterprise which aims to provide organic gardening services to local people, businesses and organizations while at the same time giving people an opportunity to learn garden maintenance skills within our team.  Short term roles within the garden care team are available to those who have completed our gardening courses or to those who volunteer regularly on one of our growing sites.  For more information, please contact Jen (

Our funders

We could not run our training programme without support from funders. Our programmes currently receive key support from the City Bridge Trust and London Borough of Waltham Forest, as well as a number of smaller grants.

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