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Horticulture Apprentice Topiarus Horticulture Limited

Topiarus Horticulture Ltd are based in Chipping Norton and are looking for an additional passionate and enthusiastic person to undertake a horticulture apprenticeship with the company. You will work alongside experienced team members and learn a wide range of horticulture and landscaping skills.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7.25am - 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Mar 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a passionate and enthusiastic person to undertake a horticulture apprenticeship with Topiarus Horticulture Ltd based in Chipping Norton.

Core tasks associated with this role include:

  • Garden maintenance
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Hedge trimming
  • Soil and border preparation
  • Planting – trees, shrubs and perennials
  • Assist in soft landscaping projects
  • Lawn maintenance and edging

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Punctual
  • Clean and tidy
  • Good communicator

Must be a positive individual who is able to work outside come rain or shine. Be able to liaise with clients and show a long term passion and commitment to learning the Horticulture industry.

Personal qualities

  • Sense of humour
  • Positive
  • Trustworthy
  • Reliable

Desired qualifications

  • 4 x GCSE's Grade A*-C (9-4) (or equivalent) including English, science, and maths are desirable

Future prospects

  • This post has excellent prospects with the right person potentially being offered a permanent post on successful completion of the Apprenticeship programme

Things to consider

  • Note this role is an all-weather role, rain or shine, with an early start. Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early

Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session:

  • Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to complete an Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session
  • This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to any apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a chance to ask questions
  • As a new apprenticeship applicant you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to complete the Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session please call us on 01235 216216 

Qualification checks:

  • By applying for this vacancy you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications
  • We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible

About the employer

We focus on providing a professional gardening and grounds maintenance service of the highest standard to our clients across Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Established since 2004, at Topiarus Horticulture Ltd, we pride ourselves on providing a professional gardening and grounds maintenance service of the highest quality. We aim to offer all of our clients a first rate experience where we understand the needs for their garden and work with you to achieve a wonderful outside space that they can enjoy.


Topiarus Horticulture Limited


E Unit


Elmsfield Worcester Road

Chipping Norton


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Abingdon & Witney College


Rachel Thomas 01235 216216

Qualification included:

  • Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative Apprenticeship (standard)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1)

Course content:

  • You will need to pass an End Point Assessment in order to successfully achieve your apprenticeship
  • Health and safety
  • Biosecurity
  • Plant identification, growth and development
  • Soil science and cultivation
  • Tools, equipment and machinery
  • Communication, customer care, attitude and decision making
  • Ornamental turf management
  • Vegetation control
  • Pruning and Propagation
  • Cultivate and maintain soft landscape elements

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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