Garden Maintenance Operative (Gardener) ROOTS SHOOTS LEAVES LIMITED

Apprentice gardener required for a grounds maintenance business, based south of Reading. We require a motivated, polite, hard working team member. With a wide range of horticultural skills to be learnt, you can be proud of what you have achieved each week.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    40 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm, but might have seasonal changes due to daylight working hours.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    21 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Roots shoots leaves Ltd carry out a wide range of horticultural jobs on commercial/communal grounds throughout the Thames Valley.

The tasks you will be involved with include:

  • Grass cutting (striping)
  • High quality hedge cutting and pruning
  • Leaf collection
  • Tree pruning
  • Planting
  • Landscaping

There is also the opportunity to get involved with Japanese knotweed control.

On the job training is provided, with an ability to work in a team, and also to be self-motivated a requirement.

We work on a wide variety of properties from business parks and care homes, to large private estates. A range of different equipment is used and work is always conducted to a high standard.

There will be regular interaction with clients and/or residents, and so a polite, well presented representative of the business is an important quality. No two weeks are the same, and a desire to be proud of what you have achieved is vital.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • To be horticulturally minded and enjoy working outside
  • A  basic understanding of gardening techniques would be helpful
  • Driving licence would be a bonus
  • Some experience using petrol powered equipment would be useful

Personal qualities

  • Polite and presentable
  • A desire to learn and to be open to new ways of doing things
  • To be able to work diligently to achieve a goal individually or as a team
  • A non-smoker
  • Good interpersonal skills

Qualifications required

There are no qualifications required in this role although a working, everyday English and Maths standard is necessary with regards to following Health and Safety requirements.

Future prospects

Applicants have the opportunity to become a permanent member of the team, after the apprenticeship, once they have established themselves within the business.

Things to consider

There is a requirement to be physically fit and able. There is lifting of equipment and green waste involved every day, and quite a lot of physical activity and movement involved. We also, within reason, work in all weathers.

About the employer

A growing business providing grounds maintenance, Japanese knotweed control and tree services. We are in our tenth year and have built a reputation for providing a complete, high quality horticultural service with polite and efficient staff.




Unit 5

Jupiter House

Calleva Park



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Training provider

  • College attendance required once a week
  • Diploma in Horticulture Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths unless exempt
  • Functional Skills English unless exempt
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

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: 30 Sep 2017