When you grow plants, food and landscapes, you grow a sustainable future for Australia

With a career in horticulture, you’ll get hands on, get outdoors, and get along with likeminded people.

What can you expect?

Supported by the Victorian Government through Jobs Victoria, Grow Your Future is run in-person across the state. It includes 3 days of paid employability training, 1–2 weeks of work placement, wrapping up with 3 days of horticulture education.

Be paid for your time

Free access to learning materials

Learn from industry experts

Meet potential employers

Get personal advice from recruiters

Employment opportunities

Choose where you want to work

Ongoing support in the workplace

Day 1

Communication skills and problem solving

Day 2

Your rights & employers’ responsibilities

Day 3

Career pathways

Day 4-6

Communication skills and problem solving

Your career starts here

The organisations who hire through the program include turf and greenlife producers, retail nurseries, horticulture-allied trades, botanic gardens, educational institutions, and not-for-profit organisations. Businesses tend to hire at an entry-level, and then train people to specialise and move up.

Production Nurseries

Production nurseries are where many plants begin their life. They grow a variety of plants, from succulents and turf all the way to flowers and advanced trees.

Retail Nurseries

Retail nurseries are where plants are sent to find their ‘forever home’, with these businesses selling plants and gardening supplies directly to customers.

Allied Horticultural Trades

Playing a vital role in the industry, these are businesses that provide products and services to gardeners and to other horticultural businesses.

“A keen interest in plants led me into the industry. It has sent me all over the world and introduced me to amazing technologies, people and places.”

Ben Scoble
General Manager, Speciality Trees

“At 15, I took a leap to begin a career in horticulture and never looked back. It’s an industry full of variety and opportunity.”

Bonnie-Marie Barnsley
Horticulturist and TV presenter

“I have a degree in computer engineering but wanted something different. Studying horticulture, I nurtured my passion with help from mentors. Now every day is different.”

Chintin Shah
Nursery Manager, Wrights Nursery

“Now that I’ve completed my traineeship in arboriculture, I spend my days pruning for keen home gardeners. It’s so rewarding knowing which tree species I’m working with and to always be learning something new about them.”

Amanda Woodhams
Climbing and Consulting Arborist, Botanic Projects

“The turf and horticulture industry has such a fantastic team culture, encouraging growth in individuals and celebrating diversity. I love being able to work with a natural product and feeling good about my job every day.”

Candice Fisher
Head of Marketing, Lilydale Instant Lawn

“Since starting as an apprentice gardener 21 years ago, my career has taken many exciting twists and turns. Creating new parks and streetscapes for the community has been the most rewarding over the years.”

David Da Silva
Arboriculture Manager, Victoria Racing Club

“The horticulture industry has given me an amazing career that aligns perfectly with my passion for sustainability. I’ve been introduced to a supportive network of like-minded individuals who inspire me to make meaningful contributions and drive the industry forward.”

Elliott​ Akintola
Agronomist and Category Manager, Plant Health and Protection

“Working in marketing for the horticultural and agricultural industry has been a fantastic eye-opening experience. I love the people I get to work with and the passion we have for what we get to do for the community.”

Emma D’Argenio
Marketing Coordinator, Hort & Ag, Seasol International

“I’m coming towards the end of my apprenticeship, and have loved every second. Doing what you enjoy makes you look forward to work every day.”

Mani Swift
End-to-End Grower, Ball Australia

Horticulture gives me a wonderful sense of purpose and makes me feel like I am a part of something bigger. There is always something new to learn and spending my days working with plants and surrounded by greenery is incredibly rewarding.”

Marian Scott
Product Manager Plants, The Diggers Club

“The horticulture industry provides a great platform to harness technology to solve novel and complex problems, and growers are employing state-of-the-art equipment to make this happen. I love being a part of that.”

Michael Bednarz
Chief Operating Officer, Powerplants

“Since taking my Apprenticeship in 2017 the horticultural industry has provided me with so many opportunities to up-skill, explore pathways, and grow.”

Ruby Gedye
Independent Nursery’s Territory Sales Manager, Haar’s Nursery

Grow Your Future invests in tomorrow’s industry leaders – like you

Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV) is the state’s peak horticultural industry body, representing the interests of a $2.5 billion sector that employs 24,000+ people in Victoria.

For the Grow Your Future project, we’ve partnered with Jobs Victoria, SkillInvest, Melbourne Polytechnic and others, to launch careers in this booming industry.

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