Bedford College

Gardening and Landscaping Apprentice - Intermediate (Level 2)

Bedford College (Employer)

Bedford College (Training Provider)

Annual wage £9,379.50 to £18,525.00
37.5 hours per week Monday- Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm, Friday 8:00am- 4:00pm
24 months (duration)
5 September 2022(start date)
Horticulture or landscape operative (apprenticeship standard)
28 August 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors working with nature? Do you enjoy gardening and working on projects? Are you a perfectionist with great attention to detail? Apply now!


What will the apprentice be doing?

Shuttleworth College is set within the stunning location of Old Warden Park, near Biggleswade. It's a specialist land-based College, which offers agricultural and environmental education, as well as animal sciences, equine studies and outdoor adventure within the acres of parkland, farm land, lakes and woodland. Shuttleworth College is also part of a wider group of colleges called the Bedford College Group.

Under the supervision of the Senior Groundsman, you will work alongside a knowledgeable, skilled and experienced team at various sites around the Bedford College Group. Duties will include planting and maintenance of grassed areas, flower beds, formal gardens, wildlife habitats, hedge cutting, trees and shrubs. Your working week will consist of one day at college and the remaining days spending time with the grounds team learning how to use a mower, strimmer, hedge cutter and other tools as required. You will also learn the maintenance of the tools and the general health and safety of using them.

In addition to your apprenticeship, you will have the chance to also attend day courses needed for the job role such as spraying qualifications PA1 and PA6.


What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 2 Apprenticeship in either Horticulture or Landscape Operative. Plus: Emegency First Aid at Work, Level 2 Safe use of handling and application of pesticides, Functional Skills in English & maths (if required). You will also study a range of topics to include: Health and Safety, Business Skills, Machinery, Plant and Soil Science, Plant health

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

From this role applicants would be able to move into work based horticulture in industry. Applicants would also be able to move into general garden maintenance or landscaping industries.

There is also a possibility of a full time position at the College on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Reality Check

Candidates must carry out an initial interview with a member of Bedford College (Part of the the Bedford College Group) Candidates will need to be prepared to work outside in all weathers. You would be completing a two year apprenticeship at Shuttleworth College, which you would attend one day a week.

Skills Required

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working

Qualifications Required

GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 3/D) Desired
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 3/D) Desired
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