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Apprentice Gardener Cholmondeley Estate

Working under the guidance of the head gardener this is an exciting opportunity to attain all the skills necessary to take forward into a career in horticulture. The garden is highly diverse and as well as learning solid practical skills there will also be the opportunity to work on many exciting projects as the garden continues to evolve.

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Closing date: 30 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

    Monday to Thursday 8.00am - 4.30pm Friday - 8.00am to 3.30pm

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    06 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    07 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties to include:

  • Plant establishment and maintenance.
  • Care and maintenance of garden borders.
  • Hard and soft landscaping.
  • Propagation.
  • Turf care and maintenance.
  • Machine operation.
  • Plant identification.
  • Involvement in garden projects.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Some practical gardening experience
  • Some plant knowledge
  • Basic plant identification skills
  • Clean driving licence (required to drive vehicles on-site)

Personal qualities

Motivated and with a willingness to learn are essential. Good people skills and the ability to work as part of a diverse team are also important. Other attributes are good time keeping, and being physically fit.  

Desired qualifications

  • English & Maths - Minimum acceptable grade E or 2
  • Functional Skills level 1 – English & Mathematics - Pass

Future prospects

This is a great starting point for a career in horticulture. The apprentice will learn all aspects of amenity horticulture and develop the skill set required to develop themselves into a well- rounded gardener. An apprenticeship in our garden will look great on the CV to future employers. 

Things to consider

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates - GOV.UK (

Off-the-job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s contracted hours, over the total duration of the apprentice’s planned training period.

About the employer

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens comprise 70 acres of formal and informal gardens including: temple water garden, folly water garden, 100m long double herbaceous border, rose garden, glade, arboretum, terraces, wildflower meadows, ornamental woodland, and glasshouse. The gardens also boast important collections of trees and shrubs, especially Camellia, Magnolia, Cornus, and Rhododendron.


Cholmondeley Estate



SY14 8EZ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Reaseheath College

  • Horticulture and Landscape Operative Standard Level 2
  • Functional Skills maths level 2 (if GCSE A-C is not already achieved)
  • Functional Skills English level 2 (if GCSE A-C is not already achieved)

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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