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Horticulture Apprentice LAINEYS CARE FARM LIMITED

A unique opportunity to join Lainey's Adult Care Farm based in Staplehurst to carry out general grounds maintenance, horticultural tasks, renovations and repairs and any other projects as required.

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Closing date: 24 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

    Monday - Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    31 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

All tasks are aimed at maintaining, enhancing and conserving the heritage, landscape and wildlife in the parks. To work towards completing an Apprenticeship Level 2 (Work Based Diploma) in Horticulture (Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces) and participate in training and assessment on site. This role will involve working outside 80% of the time in all weathers.


Main duties will include:

  • Maintaining established green spaces
  • Mowing grass lawns and paddocks in various different settings
  • Plan and schedule seasonal planting that will thrive in different weather conditions
  • Plant bushes, shrubs, trees, flowers, and plants in a strategic pattern
  • Mulching planting areas with bark chippings or similar edge cutting
  • Plant and maintain small trees
  • Prepping grounds for and laying turf or grass seed
  • Litter picking and leaf blowing/sweeping on industrial premises
  • Assist with the landscaping team from time to time
  • Follow all Health and Safety regulations at all times and wear appropriate PPC/PPE when required
  • Perform duties in a safe and courteous manner, remembering at all times you are an ambassador for the company

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • An interest in parks, gardens and opens spaces
  • A love of the outdoors
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Experience of outdoor working
  • Knowledge of safe working practices

Personal qualities

  • Focused on the achievement of team objectives
  • Respects different views, values and opinions
  • Participates as a team player
  • Suggests potential improvements in work practices
  • Reacts positively and flexibly to change
  • Listens to others
  • Approachable
  • Appreciates the views of others
  • Communicates information in a way that is understood

Desired qualifications

GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English

Future prospects

Possibility of a permenant position at the end of training

About the employer

Laineys care Farm is a care farm offering a day care service for adults with learning difficulties. Employed staff and volunteers are expected to support clients attending the farm with tolerance and kindness. The management would like to promote a proactive approach by staff to making the care farm experience as positive and useful to the client as possible. 

The service provided at Laineys Care Farm is intended to be therapeutic and enjoyable, empowering and confidence building for clients. The management of the farm believe that this can be achieved best by encouraging clients to put some effort into their work at the farm whilst offering encouragement and help where and when needed.




Wadd Farm

Grandshore Lane


TN17 2BZ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by East Kent College


Taylor Counsell

  • Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2
  • Functional Skills if required

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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