Apprentice Horticulture Worker

Summerfields Nurseries

An apprentice is required for the growing and looking after hardy shrubs and tress- including watering, weeding and potting to a high level. You will be learning about different shrubs and general maintenance of tools and machinery. There will also be some landscaping work involved.

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Closing date: 07 Apr 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Weekly wage


Wages explained
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

Working week

Monday to Thursday 8am to 4.30pm Friday 8am to 4pm

Total hours per week: 30.00

Apprenticeship duration

18 months

Possible start date

17 Apr 2017

Date posted

27 Jan 2017

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



1 available

Duties include:

  • A lot of weeding, potting of small cuttings up to large shrubs. You will need to be physically fit and work in all conditions inside and out.
  • You will learn all about the shrubs and trees you are dealing with and there is a certain amount of I.T work computer labelling for batches of plants and colour labels for garden centres.
  • General nursery maintenance, fencing, cleaning of tunnels and beds.
  • Learning to drive compact tractors with trailers and maintaining them, also any tools you use.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Physically fit, interest in plants and general maintenance and willing to learn.

Personal qualities

Keen, Hardworking and honest with a sense of humour. Able to work to a high level and takes pride in their job no matter what it is. Communicates well with others and a works well within a team.

Qualifications required

GSCE Maths and English A-G or equivalent

Please state above on application for it to be processed.

Future prospects

Potential for permanent position on the team on successful completion of the Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

We are 2 to 3 miles from the nearest village Rosliston/Coton in the Elms. There is no bus route so own transport or reliable lift needed. We shut down for 3 weeks over Christmas period and in extreme weather due to rural location. From the 1st October 2016 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. From April 2017 this rises to £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

A plant nursery located in Swadlincote, which sells a wide range of trees, shrubs, conifers and climbing plants.


Summerfields Nurseries





DE12 8LW

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Training provider

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture Level 2
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English if needed
  • ERR (Employee Rights and Responsibilities).

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by DART Ltd (Dales Agricultural Rural Training)


Sue Kelly 01332 794910

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Closing date: 07 Apr 2017