Sam Dossett

Horticulture Apprentice - Intermediate (Level 2)

Sam Dossett (Employer)

Suffolk New College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £166.00
40.0 hours per week In the summer season 8-5 with 1 hr lunch break (days tbc), winter hours are shorter and weather dependent.
24 months (duration)
24 May 2021(start date)
Horticulture and Landscape Operative (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
14 May 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

This is an ideal opportunity to begin a career as a landscaper and gardener, learning new skills each day whilst working for an established, family business.


The position(s) are for an apprentice gardener and landscaper. The role will involve moving between two teams working on a range of projects from:

  • Landscaping
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Mowing
  • Digging

We will do our best to ensure that the role is varied, our client base ranges from retainers at large formal gardens to installing patios, lawns and driveways, as well as hedge cutting, mowing and everything in between. We are also currently developing a cut flower and plant element to our business so an interest in propagation and garden pest control would be useful.

Future Prospects

We are looking for candidates that want to learn and progress as our business develops, we hope that after the apprenticeship is completed that candidates will join our team as a full time member of staff and beyond this progress into specialising in their chosen area of interest within the business.

Reality Check

The vacancy is based permanently outdoors, in the summer this means that candidates have to be sensible about conditions, we supply a uniform and sunscreen but we rely on our staff to consider the conditions and ensure that they wear sunhats and drink sufficient water etc to be able to do their job effectively. Likewise in the winter we supply wet weather gear and only stop when the weather makes it unsafe to work, so candidates must be prepared to work in cold and wet conditions

Skills Required

Ability to display some knowledge of plants and the gardening industry would be useful, but beyond that full training will be given.

Qualities Required

We are looking for candidates who are hard working, punctual, and keen to learn, although we won't allow anyone to drive the company vehicles under 25, a driving licence (to visit sites) and ability to get to our base on a daily basis is a must.

Qualifications Required

Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Ideally applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs or equivalents including English and maths at grades 9 - 4 for an Advanced Apprenticeship and 9-3 for an Intermediate.

Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship. PLEASE NOTE: Those without the stated entry requirements or awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, may be offered an appointment to come into college (Ipswich or Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus) and sit an online assessment to confirm program suitability.

Training Provided

  • Horticulture/Landscape Operative Standard, Emergency
  • First Aid at Work
  • Safe use of Pesticides
  • 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 area
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