Horticulture Flexible Apprenticeships

Maxima Group Training is working in partnership with the Department for Education to recruit reliable, enthusiastic and dedicated students to commence a Flexible Apprenticeship in Horticulture.

The Flexible Apprenticeship Program will enable students to complete their final year of school and achieve their SACE, while undertaking a Certificate III in Horticulture Australian Apprenticeship.

Maxima will manage the recruitment process. To apply for a position candidates must:

  • Be in their final year of high school completing Stage 2 of their SACE
  • Be enrolled at a Department for Education (Government) school
  • Have completed all compulsory SACE subjects
  • Maintain school enrolment and commence Certificate III in Horticulture studies throughout Semester 2, 2020
  • Hold a learners or probationary drivers permit
  • Attend a compulsory information session on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at Maxima, 180 Port Road Hindmarsh

Maxima's Flexible Apprentices will be hosted with Local Government (Councils) for the duration of their three year training contract. Flexible Apprentices will receive support and mentoring from a Maxima Consultant throughout their employment.

The Program Explained

Flexible Apprentices will participate in vocational training at a Certificate III level that is both nationally recognised and contributes to the students SACE.

Below are the selected group of Certificate III in Horticulture units undertaken in the first seven months of the training program:

  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
  • Implement a plant nutrition program
  • Implement a plant establishment program
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • Establish horticultural crops
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning
  • Operate and maintain chainsaws

How a Flexible Apprenticeship will work

Students who are successful in gaining a position with Maxima will attend paid work with Local Government (Council).

Flexible Apprentices will be released one day per fortnight to attend school. While at school the student will finish any outstanding SACE school requirements. Flexible Apprentices will also attend TAFE SA, one day per week to undertake the studies required for the Certificate III in Horticulture.

If the Flexible Apprentice successfully completes all units listed above in Semester 2, 2020 this learning will be recognised as 50 Stage 2 credits towards their SACE.

When the Flexible Apprentice finishes school

On completing school in December 2020, the Flexible Apprenticeship will convert to a full time Australian Apprenticeship. This means that students will have an ongoing position with Maxima and their host (Local Government) to complete the remainder of the Apprenticeship.


Positions will be located in metropolitan Adelaide only. If you are successful in securing a position, Maxima will try to place you as close to your home as possible. Positions will be available in Northern/North Eastern Adelaide, Central and Southern Adelaide.

How to apply

Interested students must register to attend the information session. This will provide further information for both students and parents/caregivers.

by Friday 21st February 2020.

At the information session interested students will be given an application form to be completed on the night. Please bring a copy of your resume to the information session to give to Maxima staff.

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