Shuttleworth College

Horticulture and Gardening Apprentice - Intermediate (Level 2)

Shuttleworth College (Employer)

Bedford College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £167.77
39.0 hours per week Monday to Friday 8:30am- 5pm
24 months (duration)
3 January 2022(start date)
Horticulture or landscape operative (apprenticeship standard)
12 December 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

The Bedford College Group are looking for a Horticulture and Gardening Apprentice to contribute to the maintenance of our walled garden, greenhouse and polytunnel areas across our horticulture provision at the Shuttleworth College campus.

Responsibilities

The Bedford College Group are looking for a Horticulture and Gardening Apprentice to contribute to the maintenance of our walled garden, greenhouse and polytunnel areas across our horticulture provision at the Shuttleworth College campus. 

The successful candidate will be able to develop an understanding of garden maintenance, plant propagation, production and management of beds and boarders with a variety of planting and maintenance tasks.
There is also opportunity to develop understanding and practical skills within the grounds of the college estate supporting the grounds maintenance team.

The main working area is the two acre walled garden that has a range of practical gardening areas including a rose garden, show gardens, herbaceous boarders, lawns and fruit trees. The wider estate will support knowledge development in native tree species, management of established hedgerows and herbaceous shrubs.
You will work with our full time Horticultural technician and the wider department Horticultural team, undertaking daily  tasks and supporting the development and management of our walled garden and wider estate. Our walled garden has specialist show garden areas, pottinger, established beds and boarders, rose garden, and covered glass propagation areas. 
You will use the latest horticultral powered equipment and resources. 

Main roles and responsibilities:

  • To Use and maintain pedestrian and non – powered and hand held powered equipment 
  • Undertake plant identification and nomenclature- Practical plant identification
  • Undertake vegetation control – Strimming, spraying, Pruning in the walled garden
  • Undertake plant Establishment and Maintenance- Planting and aftercare
  • Undertake ornamental turf- Seeding, laying turf and maintenance of areas
  • To manage stores of tools, equipment and resources
  • To oversee practical work areas maintaining and servicing resources and equipment In particular to maintain and ensure the horticulture area meet welfare and safety standards and associated legislation
  • To ensure that specialist and practical work areas are maintained in a safe and clean condition, free from hazards at all times
  • To ensure that the operation within practical areas conforms to current safety rules and regulations
  • To attend and participate in team meetings and College wide staff meetings
  • To undertake any other associated duties as determined by the Head of Department
     

Future Prospects

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

Reality Check

This role requires manual handling and lifting and you will be regularly working on your feet in all weather conditions throughout the year. You will need to have access to a car or other transport to be able to get to the college site. 

Candidates must carry out an initial interview with a member of the Bedford College Apprenticeship Recruitment Team. Please note this is part of the recruitment process and must be completed in order for your application to be progressed to the next stage.

Only candidates who have fully completed the application will be considered. Please be aware that the closing date is subject to change without prior notice.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates 

Skills Required

  • Good communication skills both face to face, over the phone and in writing
    Ability to work on your own and in a team 
    Good time management skills and able to meet deadlines
    Able to prioritise workload and be organised
  • Ability to undertake horticulture and land based activities safely and competently
  • Good computer skills (confident with word processing and outlook)
  • Ability consistently to demonstrate high levels of job performance
  • Ability to make a positive contribution to the team, valuing colleagues’ particular professional expertise and respecting other members of the team as individuals
  • Ability to understand and work with a diverse range of cultural groups
     

Qualities Required

  • Ability to understand and work with a diverse range of cultural groups
  • An enjoyment for Horticulture and plants

Qualifications Required

To be considered for this role you will need GCSEs at grades 9-3 (A*-D) or equivalent including English and maths.

Training Provided

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

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