We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible apprentice to work in 35 acres of formal and rural grounds.
We are offering the appropriate candidate the chance to work and study for a career in Amenity Horticulture, and further skills as a Groundsman. This job involves working outside and in all weather conditions and includes all aspects of preparation for school sports activities. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to study at Brinsbury college and with the help and support of the school, obtain qualifications in horticultural practice.
Purpose of the Job:
- To support the Groundsman in maintaining the sports pitches, gardens and grounds.
- From time to time, there may be additional duties within the Maintenance Department.
Once completed the apprenticeship there is potential to progress into full time employment.
Some previous experience of grounds/gardening would be an advantage
Flexible and proactive approach.
Ability to work independently and on own initiative.
Ability to communicate with a diverse range of people at all ages and levels.
GCSE or equivalent in English and Mathematics
Horticulture or landscape operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets. Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft- landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas.
The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore two options are available for this occupation; horticulture and landscape construction. The employment area will dictate the option pursued. The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. The landscape construction option focuses on the installation of features and structures; application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management.
Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers. Often people new to the industry will start in a ‘hands-on’ role covering a range of practical tasks, with specialist skills being learnt through progression. A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the works undertaken.
Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries.