Green Island Gardens

Horticulture Gardening Apprentice - Intermediate (Level 2)

Green Island Gardens (Employer)

Suffolk New College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £124.50
30.0 hours per week Days and shifts to be confirmed.
24 months (duration)
16 November 2020(start date)
Horticulture and Landscape Operative (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
6 November 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Fantastic opportunity for a young person to work alongside the owner and creator of Green Island Gardens, Fiona Edmond; learning all aspects of maintaining a 20-acre garden that is open to the public as well as running a nursery.


The apprentice will work alongside the garden designer/owner learning all aspects of maintenance of a large garden open to the public.

Duties will include:

  • Operating machinery such as hedge trimmer, strimmer, tractor and trailer and a variety of ride on mowers
  • Maintenance of woodland gardens, main beds, gravel garden, vegetable garden and water gardens
  • Growing nursery stock in poly tunnels

Future Prospects

Full time position as gardener at Green Island Gardens

Reality Check

Have to be able to work outside in all weathers.

Have to be physically fit and reasonably strong.

Please note:

All applicants will be emailed an Initial Assessment to complete as part of the recruitment procedure. This is an online assessment in English and maths and can be completed at your preferred location remotely. Currently, due to COVID19 we are not usually offering Initial Assessment appointments at either campus.

Those without the stated entry requirements or awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, will be offered further advice and guidance to support their application and may be invited into one of the campuses to complete the assessments on site.

Skills Required

  • Desire to work
  • Good initiative and common sense 
  • Ability to take on practical tasks
  • Good communication skills

Qualities Required

  • Someone who likes to be working outside in all weathers
  • A genuine love of the outdoors, nature and plants
  • A good sense of humour

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 at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths and English for a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and GCSEs at grades D/3 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English for a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship.

Training Provided

Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 1/2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Job specific training will be given in the workplace

Additional training:

  • There is potential for a chain saw course for a suitable applicant
  • Garden Design training

The apprentice will need to attend any courses that run at the gardens…see website for details. In addition the apprentice will have the support and guidance of a qualified assessor from the college, who will make on-site visits every 6-8 weeks.

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