Apprentice Nursery Worker Woodlark Nurseries Ltd

An excellent but rare opportunity has arisen for someone who is interested in growing plants to a very high standard. We are looking for an apprentice who wants to produce the best quality bedding and pot plants in the UK!

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 7.30am-5pm (40 hours). Some occasional Saturday work will be required but you will still not work more than 40 hours per week.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    19 Jan 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Woodlark Nurseries are delighted to be able to offer someone the opportunity to train with us and learn from the best.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who likes working with people and being part of a friendly and hard-working team. We enjoy what we do and take pride in our work.

Your training:

During your time at our plant nursery you will be collating evidence of learning, be observed and receive training as to how we do things. This is averaged over an18 month period and includes time spent at the beginning of the programme completing ‘sign-up’ & functional skills assessment. An assessor will visit you in the work-place every four to eight weeks.

Job role duties:

Main aim: to produce the best quality bedding and pot plants in the UK.

  • Walk through crops and learn to identify when watering and feeding should be carried out.
  • Carry out watering and feeding and learn to become a skilled hand watering of crops.
  • Learn to use our automated watering facilities.
  • Walk through crops to learn to identify high risk area/crops in relation to pest and diseases.
  • Learn to identify early signs of pests and diseases.
  • Build a rounded knowledge base of what chemicals/biochemcical to spray/use to prevent and cure particular disease or pest problems.
  • Complete the spraying of crops when necessary in specific manner.
  • Complete spraying training course.
  • Learn how to take water, feed and soil samples to send to the lab.
  • Help interpret results and adjust feeds appropriately.
  • Monitor feed and water Ph and EC levels.
  • Calibrate/look after irrigation equipment.
  • Enjoy what you are doing and enjoy being part of a very friendly team. We work hard but are a relaxed team.

Secondary duties:

  • Take young plant deliveries and get young plants ready for the potting machine.
  • Help move plants around nursery when needed.

Must be prepared to work 10+ hours in busy season (May to start of July).

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Computer literate
  • Interest in people and plants
  • Enjoys working in a team

Personal qualities

  • Good communicator
  • Conscientious
  • Computer literate
  • Hard working
  • Positive attitude
  • Enthusiastic

Qualifications required

An everyday level of Maths and English.

Future prospects

Possibility of a full time post upon completion of Apprenticeship. You will gain satisfaction and self-confidence from knowing your capabilities have been successfully assessed against an established national framework. The professional qualifications behind the Apprenticeship Programme and the experience through the Customer Services role will provide you with a great opportunity to progress your career with us and explore development opportunities that are available to you.

Things to consider

You might be working outside in all weathers. Be able to record details when taking deliveries. Attend college one-day-a-week. Get to work on time! Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.40 per hour from 1st October 2016. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

Woodlark Nursery is a ten acre site situated in Hersham, Surrey. Glasshouses occupy approx. two acres and Polythene tunnels another five acres, where we grow Chrysanthemums and Hebes as well as daffodils.


Woodlark Nurseries Ltd


Burhill Road



KT12 4JD

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths (unless exempt)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Berkshire College of Agriculture


Sophie Robinson 01628 827438

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2017