Training Opportunities

We’re proud to offer a wide range of training opportunities for learners of all levels and are able to cater for any desired placement length, both short and long term. International applicants are very welcome at Aberglasney, and we’re pleased to provide safe on-site accommodation for our students.

Our training covers a wide range of subjects including garden maintenance, machinery, and health & safety as well as specialist training in meadow management, specialist bulb planting, and a variety of propagation methods.

Since our gardens are ever evolving, we’re often able to provide students with unique and valuable opportunities to participate in significant landscape projects. Recent examples include our Valley Garden and Clematis Arbor where students were instrumental in their development and construction.

Students will work closely with our gardens team, and have regular contact with our Head Gardener, providing a safe and supportive learning environment whilst allowing them to learn first-hand from experienced professionals. They will also work alongside students from different training programmes at Aberglasney and with external students from Coleg Sir Gar and RHS courses.

If you’re hardworking, have a passion for horticulture and are looking for a rewarding personal development opportunity then we’re the place for you.

Please take a look through the opportunities listed below, and if you see something you like, get in touch with our Head Gardener and Director of Operations for further information:


Ethel Kerry Bursary

A 12-month funded learning and training opportunity at Aberglasney Gardens with optional subsidised accommodation available.

This bursary is available for one student only. The chosen student will gain a full year’s experience at our historic and wonderfully diverse gardens being trained on all common annual UK garden tasks. Training is non-accredited, however they will be given the option to carry out accredited training and assessment at Aberglasney during the course of the year.

The application period will be March 2021, interviews will take place in July, and the successful candidate will begin their traineeship in September 2021.

Please keep an eye on our website for further information which will be available in due course.

The Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme

Aberglasney is proud to be a partner garden of the Historic and Botanic Garden Training Programme offeringstudents the opportunity to complete a funded 12-month placement starting in September 2021.

Trainees will be provided specialist on the tools training whilst also completing written projects, plant idents and a daily journal throughout the year.

Applications will be open from March 1st to April 1st 2021 and can be made on the HBGTP website. You must be over 18 to apply and should be able to demonstrate prior paid or voluntary experience in the horticulture industry.

More information can be found at:

Horticultural Traineeships

Our gardening team would be delighted to work with you to create a bespoke programme built around one of the many funding opportunities available to those training in horticulture.

Information on available grants and bursaries for horticultural projects, exchanges and travel can be found at:


Work Experience, Placements and Internships

We welcome applications for work experience, placements and internships, which can last anything from a week to a few months.

Aberglasney is a business of many parts meaning we're able to provide a wide-range of experiences across our different specialisms; in the garden, shop, office and events to name a few. If  you let us know what you'd like to learn about whilst you're with us, we're sure we'll find a valuable work experience placement that is tailored to your interests.


On Site Student Accommodation

There are two buildings on site at Aberglasney which are designated as accommodation for those participating in training activities.

We have five rooms available: four in a lovely barn conversion and a fifth in a single flat in a converted Bothy.

All accommodation is subsidised, comes without utility bills and offers free WiFi.

Student Testimonials

If you'd like to know what it's like to learn and work at Aberglasney from the people who've got first-hand experience, please click the button below to visit our student testimonials page.

For further information about training opportunities, work experience and student accommodation please contact our Head Gardener and Director of Operations, Joseph Atkin: