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

    £180.00

  • 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

    VAC001299937

  • 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.

Employer

ROOTS SHOOTS LEAVES LIMITED

Address

Unit 5

Jupiter House

Calleva Park

Reading

RG7 8NN

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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

Horticulture

Training provider

BERKSHIRE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, THE (BCA)

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

Contact

Sophie Robinson 01628 827438 sjrobinson@bca.ac.uk


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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017