In response to our members stating that the Number 1 problem facing agriculture

and plant-based industry is the lack of young trained individuals entering into the workforce, RINLA applied for Real Jobs Rhode Island planning and implementation grants to develop and register the first in the nation multi-employer registered apprenticeship program for agriculture and plant-based industry. This first consolidated effort to identify workforce needs of the green industry develops a well-articulated career lattice that includes training opportunities.

On February 28, 2018, RINLA’s Multi-employer Registered Apprenticeship was approved by the state’s Apprenticeship Council.

RINLA’s long-term goal is to develop pathways linking a pre-apprenticeship training program to an apprenticeship program and to a 2-year degree horticulture program and/or a 4-year degree program for those interested in pursuing higher education. All of this will lead to job placement and career opportunities with living wages as well as opportunities for entrepreneurship for new industry entrants.

What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is structured employment (on-the-job learning) combined with job-related classroom instruction, designed and driven by employers, to create an “earn while you learn” pathway.

How does Registered Apprenticeship differ from internship?

An internship is temporary “work” experience, often unpaid or without established expectations.
A Registered Apprenticeship is paid employment that leads to a career.


> How Does An Employer Benefit from Apprenticeship?

> What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Participating Member Companies

Aquidneck Landworks – Middletown, RI 02842
Central Nurseries Johnston, RI 02919
C. Johnson Landscape / GreenerEase Cranston, RI 02921
Clark Farms Matunuck & Wakefield, RI 02879
DaPonte’s Landscaping Services Bristol, RI 02809
Earth Care Farm / Golden Root Gardening  – Charlestown, RI 02813
Fleurs – Wyoming, RI 02898
Garden Endeavors – Swansea, MA 02777
Grandscapes – Wakefield, RI 02879
Kaiser Tree Preservation Co. – North Kingstown, RI 02852
Largess Forestry – North Kingstown, RI 02852
Landscape Creations of Rhode Island– Saunderstown, RI 02874
Magma Design Group – Rehoboth, MA 02769
Premier Landscape – Portsmouth, RI 02871
R.P. Marzilli Company – Medway, MA 02053
Robert A. Matthews Landscape Design – Providence, RI 02906
SeaScape Lawn Care – Coventry, RI 02816
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co. – Seekonk, MA & North Kingstown, RI 02852
Wild & Scenic – Wakefield, RI 02879


PO Box 984
West Kingston, RI 02892