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RINLA and member companies have launched the first in the nation multi-employer Registered Apprenticeship program for horticulture and plant-based industries to facilitate win-win connections between employers seeking motivated workers and people seeking consequential, engaging livelihoods and careers.

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is a proven approach for preparing people for jobs while meeting businesses’ need for a skilled workforce. Apprenticeship is an employer-driven, earn-while-you-learn model that combines on-the-job training with job-related instruction, both tied to the attainment of defined skills standards. The model also involves progressive increases in an apprentice’s wages as skills increase. 

Mentored on the Job Learning

One key component of Registered Apprenticeship is mentorship.  Mentors pass down their knowledge and experience through on-the-job guidance, structured evaluations, and hands-on learning opportunities to their registered apprentices. Their contributions are at the core of the Registered Apprenticeship education process.  

Apprenticeship vs. Internship

The terms “apprenticeship” and “internship” are often used interchangeably, but they are fundamentally different. An internship may be paid or unpaid, and the scope and content are highly variable, depending on the participants and organizations involved. An internship is also usually a time-bound experience (a summer or semester of employment, for example). Another important difference to note is that internships tend to be exploratory in nature, while in a Registered Apprenticeship program participants are career-focused, full-time employees. 

Recognized Secondary Education Credential

Registered Apprenticeship is a recognized secondary education credential, registered at both the state and national levels in order to ensure that industry standards are met. While new to the landscape and horticulture industries, Registered Apprenticeship has deep roots in the building trades (carpenters, electricians, plumbers). 

In a Registered Apprenticeship, the program standards and curricula are developed by employers and industry leaders to meet industry needs. These standards guide the training process between the employer / mentor and the apprentice, with clearly outlined competencies that must be achieved over the course of the apprenticeship program. 

Registered Apprenticeship is geared toward long term employer / employee relationships; when the apprenticeship program has been successfully completed, the apprentice still has a job, and the employer can continue to count on that up-skilled apprentice. In fact, nationally, 91% of apprentices retain their employment after their apprenticeship program is completed. 

Registered Apprenticeship is a programmatic, structured way for employers to invest in training and retain the next generation of natural resource-based industry professionals.

How Apprenticeship Benefits Employees

  • Paid on-the-job training, working with highly skilled industry professionals and mentors 
  • Free job-related education 
  • Wage increases that reflect the skills learned, with opportunities to predictably progress in your career 
  • Investment by your employer in your training and skill development 
  • Structured and measurable on-the-job learning competencies leading to demonstrated milestones 
  • Valuable hands-on training 
  • National certificate of Apprenticeship Completion issued by the state of Rhode Island 
  • Turns your job into a career! 

Participating Companies

Aquidneck Landworks – Portsmouth, RI 02871
Bayscape Landscaping & Construction – Narragansett, RI 02882
Button Hole Golf Course – Providence, RI 02909
Central Nurseries
  Johnston, RI 02919
C. Johnson Landscape / GreenerEase Cranston, RI 02921
Clark Farms Matunuck & Wakefield, RI 02879
Dana Designs West Kingston, RI 02892
DaPonte’s Landscaping Services Bristol, RI 02809
Earth Care Farm / Golden Root Gardening  – Charlestown, RI 02813
Evergreen Tree & LandscapeSeekonk, MA 02771
Fleurs
– Wyoming, RI 02898
Garden Endeavors – Swansea, MA 02777
Greenview Farm – Wakefield, RI 02879
Ground Flora – Providence, RI 02906
KP Landscape Design – Newport, RI 02840
Landscape Creations of Rhode Island – Saunderstown, RI 02874
Largess Forestry – North Kingstown, RI 02852
Native Edible Designs – Narragansett, RI 02822
R.P. Marzilli Company – Medway, MA 02053
Right Coast Tree & Landscape Service – Wyoming, RI 2898
Robert A. Matthews Landscape Design – Providence, RI 02906
Robin Hollow Farm – Saunderstown, RI 02874
Samuel Kinder and Brother – Bristol, RI 02809
SavATree – Exeter, RI 02822
SeaScape Lawn Care – Coventry, RI 02816
Stanley Tree Company – Smithfield, RI 02917
TF Morra Tree Care – Warwick, RI 02888
The Compost Plant – Providence, RI 02906
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co.
– Seekonk, MA & North Kingstown, RI 02852
The Farmer’s Daughter – Wakefield, RI 02879
The Green Lady, Inc. – Hope Valley, RI 02832
The Rhode Island Nurseries – Middletown, RI 02842
Wilcox Park – Westerly, RI 02891
Wild & Scenic – Wakefield, RI 02879

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