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.
Closing date: 30 Oct 2021
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
Total hours per week: 39.00
Possible start date
06 Nov 2021
07 Jul 2021
Level 2 (GCSE)
Duties to include:
- Plant establishment and maintenance.
- Care and maintenance of garden borders.
- Hard and soft landscaping.
- Turf care and maintenance.
- Machine operation.
- Plant identification.
- Involvement in garden projects.
Requirements and prospects
- Some practical gardening experience
- Some plant knowledge
- Basic plant identification skills
- Clean driving licence (required to drive vehicles on-site)
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.
- English & Maths - Minimum acceptable grade E or 2
- Functional Skills level 1 – English & Mathematics - Pass
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 (www.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.
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)
Horticulture or landscape operative
Level 2 (GCSE)
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