Horticultural and Agricultural Herb Production Apprentice Valley Produce

This is an excellent opportunity for someone to gain an apprenticeship in in horticulture and food production on a farm based near Reading. This role involves both farm and horticultural work.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 7pm until 4pm, including your day release at college.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    31 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

You will be working in a team of five people although part of a larger company of about 80 people. 

We grow a variety of herbs and Chinese vegetables and are looking to train an apprentice to become part of our friendly and relaxed team.

Your duties will vary throughout the year on this arable far.

Duties will include:

  • Tractor driving.
  • Working on irrigation of the crops, setting up an taking down the irrigation system.
  • Cultivation and topping of crops.
  • Drilling parsley and coriander
  • Maintenance of the farm machinery and tools.
  • Fencing and hedgework
  • Working in a team.
  • Attending college one day a week


  • Benefits
  • PPE provided
  • You get to take home some of the produce!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Strong communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Keen interest in horticulture and growing

Personal qualities

  • Practical and hands on
  • Someone who genuinely wants to work within the industry
  • Good team work
  • Positive attitude towards working and learning
  • Hard working and reliable
  • Well mannered

Qualifications required

A good standard of secondary education

Future prospects

Progression onto a full time role should one be available on successful completion f the apprenticeship programme.

Things to consider

This is physical work, and you will be outside throughout the year in all weathers.

About the employer

Valley Produce were established over 20 years ago, and grow Herbs and speciality Chinese vegetable crops on 4 sites during the UK season in Berkshire, Hampshire and West Sussex. Partnered with growers in Spain, India and Israel we can supply fresh cut, bunched herbs and Chinese vegetables 12 months of the year We meet a wide variety of specifications for all crops to suit our customers' requirements With our own fleet of chilled vehicles we deliver daily direct to the customer


Valley Produce


Springalls Farm

Trowes Lane



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Training provider

Diploma in Horticulture level 2

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Personal learning and thinking skills

Maths and English functional skills – unless exempt.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


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


Sophie Robinson 01628827438 sjrobinson@bca.ac.uk

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017