Horticulture Landscaping Apprentice J Cook Landscapes

As a general assistant to the foreman, the successful candidate will assist with various landscaping and horticulture projects on a daily basis, ranging from laying a pation, constructing a fence, turfing, tree work and designing and planting areas.

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 35 hours per week, shifts TBC. Some Saturdays will be required

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    15 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

J Cook landscapes provide high quality garden services to Basingstoke and the surrounding areas.  We pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience in the industry and offer exceptional levels of Customer care, with a consequently high level of customer referrals.

Tasks will include:

  • Generally assist the foreman as and when required
  • Barrow and spread soil and aggregates
  • Dig holes for posts and footings
  • Remove soil for hard core bases
  • Assist with planting and plant / tree care
  • Safe use of machinery, including a cement mixer, lawnmower, strimmer and hedge trimmer.
  • Safe and accurate use of various tools including a drill, spirit level, hand saw and set square.
  • Candidates will be expected to work in all weathers.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

An interest in garden landscaping and plants is essential.

Personal qualities

Candidates will need to be able to manage their time and work under pressure. They will need to respond well to being given instructions and to use their initiative where neccessary.

Candidates will need to respectfully deal with clients on site and work well within a team.

Qualifications required

GCSE (or equivalent) English, Maths, and Science at grade D or above.

Future prospects

Future support will be given and a permanent role will be offered following successful completion of the course.

Things to consider

Location will vary around Basingstoke depending on where the work is. Please consider how you will get to work and around Basingstoke. 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).

About the employer

J Cook Landscapes are a professional and friendly garden design, landscape and maintenance team who specialise in complete garden makeovers and greating outdoor living spaces. J Cook Landscapes provide high quality garden services to Basingstoke and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience in the industry and provide exceptional levels of customer care, with consequently a high number of referrals.


J Cook Landscapes



Manor Road


RG24 9JJ

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Training provider

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

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sparsholt College Hampshire


Karen Jackson 01962 797452 karen.jackson@sparsholt.ac.uk

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017