Apprentice Gardening Assistant Ascot Racecourse

A rare opportunity to work as a Gardener at Ascot Racecourse. This gardening role will help add to the Ascot experience by helping maintain and create the garden areas in and around the course as well as the grandstand, gardens and the nursery areas.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    8.30am to 5pm and weekend required during race dates.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Ascot is more than a racecourse – its history is long. It is an institution and its reach extends beyond the world of horseracing into the very fabric of British life.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who likes working with people and being part of a friendly and hard-working team. This is an apprentice that will be able to offer the successful candidate a wealth of experience. You won’t just be working in the racecourse, but also the gardens, grandstand, and even helping with the planting and growing of new plants in the glasshouses.

This role requires an attention to detail. You will be required to be in attendance on Racedays! This includes ones that take place on a weekend and be able to do so until the end of August.

You must be prepared to work outdoors and have a reasonable amount of fitness and mobility due to the nature of the grounds and the lifting work required. You will also be required to move about site on foot throughout your working day.

You will be working as part of a friendly and motivated team.

Your training:

During your time at Ascot Racecourse you will be collating evidence of learning, be observed and receive training as to how we do things. This is averaged over a 12 - 18 month period and includes time spent at the beginning of the programme completing ‘sign-up’  and Functional Skills assessment. An assessor will visit you in the work-place every four to eight weeks.

Job role duties:

  • Planting
  • Weeding
  • Bed prep
  • Watering
  • Dead heading
  • Mowing
  • Edging
  • Using machinery
  • Potting up
  • Setting up for racedays

Full PPE supplied.

The employer requires you to check your travel arrangements before you apply for the role. Please be prepared to answer at a possible interview as to how you will get to and fro from work and the same to college on your day release.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Computer literate
  • Inerest in people
  • Enjoys working in a lively team and with lively customers
  • Have a keen attention to detail
  • Takes pride in their work

Personal qualities

  • Good communicator
  • Outgoing
  • Positive attitude
  • Enthusiastic
  • Strong communication skills so you are able to have effective conversations with customers and build profession rapport with anyone

Qualifications required

An everyday level of English and Maths.

Future prospects

Possibility of a full time post upon completion of Apprenticeship. You will gain satisfaction and self-confidence from knowing your capabilities have been successfully assessed against an established national framework. The professional qualifications behind the Apprenticeship Programme and the experience through the Horticulture diploma role will provide you with a great opportunity to progress your career with us and explore development opportunities that are available to you. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

Things to consider

You will be dealing with people so you need to be cheerful. You need to be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers.

About the employer

Ascot Racecourse is a British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England, which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting nine of Britain's 32 annual Group 1 horse races. Ascot racecourse is ideally situated in the magnificent wooded Berkshire countryside adjoining Windsor Great Park, about a 50 minute drive or train journey from London.


Ascot Racecourse


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Training provider

  • Level 2 Horticulture Diploma
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Berkshire College of Agriculture


Sophie Robinson 01628 827438

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017