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Apprentice Assistant Estate Worker Wassand Estates

To assist the current Estate workers in keeping the Gardens neat and tidy and undertaking other tasks which arise in order to maintain the Estate. For the right person, there is the opportunity to secure full time employment and progress to higher level qualifications.

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Regular pattern of days – three days per week at Wassand Estate, 8.00am - 4.30pm, plus one day per week day release at Bishop Burton College. Shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 32.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    14 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The job is to assist the Estate workers in their daily duties which include:

  • Keeping the Grounds neat and tidy – which includes tree-work
  • Keeping paths and tracks in good condition
  • Fencing where appropriate
  • Maintenance of Estate Buildings such as painting, repairs etc this includes maintenance of some of the Estate cottages
  • Keeping the various Walks which are open to the public in good repair
  • Keeping dykes clear
  • Cutting back weeds and reeds and other encroaching scrub
  • Helping to maintain Estate vehicles including tractors etc.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Literacy skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Team Working
  • Comfortable dealing with the public
  • You will be required to work to deadlines, with good time management
  • The vacancy is based in a small team and therefore the candidate must work well in team situations
  • The vacancy is based in a small team and the candidate will be expected to work using their own initiative

Personal qualities

  • Candidate must be enthusiastic
  • Candidate must be confident in dealing with people at all levels
  • Candidate must be punctual and reliable
  • The candidate must be dedicated to completing the apprenticeship qualifications
  • We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a flexible approach to work
  • A hard working individual who has a proactive approach to their work, with good attention to detail
  • Must have a methodical approach to new tasks and problems
  • A helpful and friendly approach is essential
  • A professional and smart appearance is also essential
  • Prepared to learn and listen
  • Be neat and tidy both in appearance and the work undertaken
  • Be positive in attitude and always prepared to help

Desired qualifications

  • No qualifications required as full training will be given but candidate should have basic literacy and numeracy skills and be able to complete the Level 2 Standard Apprenticeship
  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English

Future prospects

  • A permanent role as an Estate worker which will become more prominent as others retire

Things to consider

  • You will have the option to work flexibly as part of this role
  • The employer will pay a contribution to your reasonable expenses if distance is an issue in addition to the apprenticeship wage
  • A CRB check will be undertaken if you are successful for this role
  • Occasional shift work might be required
  • Weekend work might be required on odd occasions
  • You will need to supply your own clothing however Estate equipment will be supplied (tools, machinery, protective clothing etc.)
  • The vacancy is based in a rural area and public transport links are minimal. You will need to ensure that you can access the employer in line with the hours of work
  • If you are short listed for this vacancy you may need to attend more than one interview
  • The role will involve working outdoors/in all weathers/standing for long periods/heat/cold/heights/driving light machinery/using heavy equipment/lifting etc on occasions

About the employer

The Trustees who own the Estate are required under the Terms of the Trust to ensure the best possible maintenance and preservation of the Estate – a part of which is open to the public for a portion of the year in the Summer – including Wassand Hall.  Apart from the maintenance of the Grounds etc the Trustees are charged to ensure that the Agricultural land which adjoins is suitable maintained, fenced and looked after where land is in hand.  One of the trustees is a land Agent and supervises the agricultural management and I myself a Solicitor/Trustee with responsibility for ensuring that the Estate is managed in accordance with it’s legal requirements and also that the House, when open to the Public, is in the required condition to meet the statutory requirements.  There is a third Trustee who is resident in London.  The active management is therefore divided between the Agent Trustee and myself and I am the great nephew of Lady Strickland-Constable who established the Trust under her Will


Wassand Estates


Wassand Hall


HU11 5RJ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bishop Burton College


Michelle Bailey

Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Training will be provided mostly in the workplace with an assessor coming to visit on a regular basis to do work-based reviews, assessments and observations
  • Day Release at Bishop Burton College on Mondays
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if applicable

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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