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Wellingborough Bereavement Services are looking for a new apprentice. This is an exciting opportunity to assist the head gardener in cutting grass, landscaping, leaf blowing, hedge trimming, planting flowers, shrubs, trees, and trimming You will also receive a qualification with the Institute of Cemetery Cremation Management.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 Jan 2022

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

    39 hours per week. 2 days per month college attendance in Shuttleworth College Actual shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    21 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    28 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

For this apprenticeship you will be required to attend Shuttleworth College twice a month which is based in Old Warden, Central Bedfordshire. Attending this College will help you achieve the Horticulture and Landscaping qualification.

In the job role -

•You will undertake a development programme including - 
participation in required mentoring/training and learning which will lead to an apprenticeship qualification. 

•You will assist the Head Gardener with the maintenance of the memorial gardens within the Garden of Remembrance (site) and possess the ability to provide high standards of work. In addition, you will support your line manager in contributing towards landscape schemes, as well as working on a wide range of horticultural duties as described, including the application of chemicals, including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. 

•You must be equally passionate about all things green, focused on outcomes and reporting directly to the head gardener. You need to have the ability to follow instructions to ensure duties are completed in a timely fashion. These include, cutting grass, leaf blowing, hedge trimming, planting flowers, shrubs and trees, using strimmer, weeding and any other horticultural duties.

•Assisting with cleaning duties throughout the crematorium complex you will help maintain the flower tribute courtyard area to a high standard - removing dead flowers from the gardens of remembrance and maintain memorials in good order.

•Taking an involved role in team meetings and one to one meetings to ensure the continual improvement of the service delivered to customers and the working environment, undertaking such other duties appropriate to the post as may reasonably be required by the employer in compliance with the contract of employment.

Please note that you will also receive full training in cremation duties which will lead to you becoming fully qualified by the ICCM which is the Institute of Cemetery Cremation Management. All staff are required to take this training.

   You will also be given time to study at home.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

•    Ability to multi-task with a “can do” attitude
•    Good organisational skills
•    Good social skills
•    Excellent communication skills

Personal qualities

•    Self-motivated
•    High personal standard of cleanliness and dress
•    Able to be part of a team but also work on own initiative
•    Good time keeper and can be flexible 
•    Attention to detail

Desired qualifications

To be considered for this role you will need to have Grade 9 - 3 (A*- D) or above in GCSE maths and English 
Or equivalent in functional skills.

Future prospects

Possibility of progression or a full-time position may be offered on successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Only Candidates who have fully completed the application will be considered. Please be aware that the closing date is subject to change without prior notice.
Candidates must carry out an initial interview with a member of Tresham College, (Part of the the Bedford College Group) Apprenticeship Recruitment Team. 

You will be required to attend Shuttleworth College which is based in Old Warden, Central Bedfordshire twice a month.


About the employer

Nene Valley Crematorium is the result of the Borough Council of Wellingborough’s vision to invest taxpayers’ money into a valuable service for the local community and beyond, which will eliminate the long road journeys to crematoria in other districts. It was also our wish to reduce the waiting times for cremation during busy periods, which adds to the burden of those who are grieving. We visualised a new and beautiful building that will serve as a beacon of excellence for the people of Wellingborough and wider community. The building has been designed to reflect light and an airy interior, with views over open countryside. It is intended to provide a peaceful atmosphere, uplifting the spirits of those who enter. The focus of the service we offer is choice: choice of time, choice of music, choice of memorials; excellent care and dedication come as standard. We recognise that funerals are deeply emotional and the importance of getting everything right, and right first time, is at the forefront of our minds. We endeavour to create gardens of tranquillity, which will commemorate the lives of those who have been cremated. The objective is to offer long-term comfort for the presently bereaved and for generations of families into the future.





Doddington Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bedford College


Julie Carter 07887 787813

Level 2 Apprenticeship in either Horticulture or Landscape Operative.  Plus: Emegency First Aid at Work, Level 2 Safe use of handling and application of pesticides, Functional Skills in English & maths (if required).  You will also study a range of topics to include: Health and Safety, Business Skills, Machinery, Plant and Soil Science, Plant health.

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Jan 2022