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
Full time position as gardener at Green Island Gardens
Have to be able to work outside in all weathers.
Have to be physically fit and reasonably strong.
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.
- Desire to work
- Good initiative and common sense
- Ability to take on practical tasks
- Good communication skills
- Someone who likes to be working outside in all weathers
- A genuine love of the outdoors, nature and plants
- A good sense of humour
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.
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
- 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.