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Horticulture Apprentice Ashwood Nurseries Ltd

To assist the horticulturalists with the care and maintenance of plants and the propagation and cultivation of plants within an area of the Garden Centre.

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Closing date: 14 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    8.30 am to 4.30 pm (days to be determined and will include weekends and bank holidays)

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    21 months

  • Possible start date

    28 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    14 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

To assist the horticulturalists with the care and maintenance of plants and the propagation and cultivation of plants within an area of the Garden Centre.

It will also be necessary to undertake the routine care of plants which includes watering and weeding, removal of invasive plants, assisting with propagation and cultivation of specific plant varieties, pest and disease monitoring and management, seed collection and processing, retail plant sales, record keeping and data entry and keeping working spaces clear and clean.

Duties to include -

  • Ensure the Sales and Stock areas are groomed and tidy which includes weeding, removing leaves and debris, dead-heading flowers, cutting the grass and staking draping plants
  •  Use hand tools and powered equipment where appropriate and able to do so
  • Assist with record keeping and data collection as directed
  • Clean and maintain tools and equipment
  • Grow plants from a variety of methods for sale on the nursery
  • Replenishing and maintaining designated plant sales areas
  • Maintaining and monitoring plant health of all nursery crops through integrated pest management
  • Assisting customers with their enquiries
  • Prepare orders for plants and trees
  • Work with the team to ensure that the nursery is replenished with stock on a regular basis
  • To undertake any other duties as determined by the Supervisor and General Manager

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Attention to detail 
  • Use of initiative 
  • Enjoy practical work 
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job 
  • Able to undertake manual and heavy work  
  • Enjoy working outdoors 
  • Able to work for long hours and in all kinds of weather conditions 
  • Team player who is able to work upon own initiative 
  • Be a keen practical and theoretical learner who acts responsibly at all times 
  • Able to complete work related and college tasks competently and in a timely fashion.  

Personal qualities

  • Friendly and approachable  
  • Confident communicator 
  • Team player 
  • Detailed 
  • Willingness to learn and develop. 
  • Enthusiastic 
  • Hard working 
  • Reliable and trustworthy 
  • Passion for horticulture 

Desired qualifications

  • Ideally candidates will hold GCSE grades A*-C (4-9) in maths and English - or equivalent qualifications, including Functional Skills.  


Future prospects

  • The company continues to change and grow and there are always additional and alternative roles available within the company for the right person.

Things to consider

  • This apprenticeship incorporates day release at our Rodbaston Campus (ST19 5PH) once per week as well as work-based visits.        
  • You will be required to work outside in ALL weather and the work is physically demanding 
  • Applicants must be aware that they will be required to attend an Information Advice and Guidance session at one of our Campuses (Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock Chase Skills and Innovation Centre, or Rodbaston) in order to progress further in this vacancy. During the session, candidates must complete baseline assessments and will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the qualification.

About the employer

We are a traditional plant nursery and garden centre in the West Midlands, situated in a canal-side setting in lovely open countryside.

Many gardeners come here for the day and don’t want to leave! You can find inspiration in our beautifully maintained plant sales areas and glasshouses, wander through the garden shop and, if you need some friendly advice, the experienced Ashwood team are on hand to help. There’s a rather special gift shop and a delightful tea room overlooking attractive landscaped gardens. Everything, in fact, to make a perfect day out!

Plants are our passion and we offer one of the finest selections in the UK.

Ashwood’s speciality plants have won international acclaim and our award-winning hellebores are regarded as ‘simply the best’ strains ever produced.

But the story doesn’t end there… our plant breeders and growers have worked the same magic on hepaticas, hardy cyclamen, hydrangeas, conifers, snowdrops, lewisias, salvias, and Primula auricula.


Ashwood Nurseries Ltd


Ashwood Lower Lane, Ashwood



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by South Staffordshire College


Apprenticeship Team 0300 456 2424

  • L2 Horticulture Standard
  • Functional Skills in maths and English up to Level 2 (if required)
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Safe Use Of Pesticides – PA6 or PA2

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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