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Apprentice Gardener Blundells School

The Grounds and Gardens Department are responsible for all external areas on behalf of the School. The task is to prioritise external maintenance to maximise the impact of students and visitors to display the site at the highest standard possible. This particular role has a horticultural bias.

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Closing date: 29 May 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 to Friday 08:00 – 16:30, Saturdays (1 in 3) 08:00 – 12.30 (term time only). There is a 30 minute paid break and a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    22 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Accountable to the Head Gardener, responsible for maintaining the School gardens to a high standard.

The Apprentice Gardener will:

  • Carry out grass cutting using both ride on and pedestrian machines
  • Assist with maintenance of the formal lawns including plant treatments, aeration, scarifying, verti-cutting and top dressing
  • Strimming
  • Weed, Water and Plant formal boarders
  • Mulching and composting
  • Assist with pruning and all forms of shrub and rose care
  • Input to the design of new borders and planted areas
  • Planting bulbs, plants and shrubs
  • Assisting with the upkeep and maintenance of the School’s vegetable garden
  • Propagation
  • Caring for and cutting flowers for displays
  • Prepare, maintain and clean specialist equipment before and after use
  • Assist with tree maintenance (subject to qualifications)
  • Chemical applications such as fertilizers and herbicides (subject to qualifications)
  • Erecting small marquees and shelters
  • Leaf clearance, waste and litter clearance
  • Use of powered tools (i.e. strimmers, blowers and hedge trimmers)
  • Tractor driving using powered implements
  • A good level of physical fitness and attention to detail is needed

The successful applicant should have drive and enthusiasm for all things horticultural to achieve a real insight into the industry. With a varied range of tasks undertaken the successful apprentice will gain a great range of skills and knowledge.

Working on site four days a week and with one day at college/studying.

No Job Description can fully cover all aspects of the role and consequently the responsibilities are likely to evolve and change over time.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Able to relate easily to others
  • A confident communicator
  • Able to use a variety of machinery
  • Able to use hand tools

Personal qualities

Essential Criteria


Interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, School community and other teams
  • Take instruction from the Head Gardener and prioritise work accordingly

The ability to:

  • Understand the statutory health and safety requirements
  • Follow instructions and safe systems of work
  • Drive Tractors and mowers and use strimmer’s, leaf blowers and gardening tools (subject to training)


  • Physically fit and able to work outside for long periods and in all weathers (uniform provided)
  • The ability to work to time pressures and adjust priorities as needed
  • Ability to complete College work and assignments in a timely manner

Desired qualifications

  • GCSEs in the A* - E or 9 – 3 range. Individual employers will set the selection criteria for the applicant. Employers who recruit candidates without English and maths at GCSE Grade C/4 (or Functional Skills Level 1) or above must ensure that the candidate achieves this level before the Apprenticeship Standard can be awarded to the individual

Future prospects

  • Opportunity to secure full time employment as a horticulture and landscape operative and to further develop your skills by progressing onto the Level 3 Landscape/Horticulture supervisor Apprenticeship should a suitable role become available

Things to consider

  • Wage to be discussed at interview
  • Holidays: 20 days plus statutory days per annum. The holiday year runs from 1st April
  • Benefits: Contributory Pension Scheme, Lunches taken in the School dining room (term-time only), Parking, Cycle to Work scheme, Child Care vouchers and the use of sports facilities
  • Probation Period: There is a three-month probationary period
  • References: The appointment is subject to receipt of two references satisfactory to the school.
  • Start Date: As soon as possible

Further Information:

  • Blundell’s is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from any appropriately qualified person

Child Protection:

  • Blundell’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. All applicants should read the school’s Child Protection policy, which is sent as part of this application pack
  • Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

About the employer

Blundell’s is committed to academic excellence enabling pupils to realise their full potential. It has been consistently praised for adding considerable value to its broad intake of pupils. In recent years, academic results have seen steady improvement and there is a strong commitment to continuing and indeed accelerating this pleasing development.


Blundells School


Blundells Road


EX16 4DN

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Training provider

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bridgwater & Taunton College

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard - Horticulture and Landscape Operative

  • Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
  • Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English & maths (If required, exemptions apply)

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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