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Horticulture Apprentice E M H Homes

Gardening work in all weather conditions. Applicants overall duties are to work in accordance with the contract specification and in a safe manner with regard for members of the public and other team members, projecting a positive and professional image of Sharpes at all times.

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Closing date: 11 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday- Friday shifts vary between 7:30-17:00.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    12 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    12 Apr 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The successful applicant will be prepared to work outside in all weather conditions. The role will include grounds maintenance such as grass cutting, raking, edging, weeding, sweeping, litter picking etc. Using various horticulture machinery, such as strimmers, mowers and hedge cutters. You will also be required to do checks on machinery and ensure that it is well maintained, ensuring security of equipment and suitability for operation. A high standard of Health & Safety is expected at all times, taking care of equipment being used and general personal wellbeing.

Working alongside an experienced team of grounds maintenance operatives, you will be supported by a mentor for the course of your Apprenticeship. Full training will be provided both on and off-the-job in order to increase your knowledge and competence. You will also be required to attend College one day per week, for which travel costs can be arranged and will be paid in full.

Internal mandatory training courses will be provided in accordance with EMH Sharpes policy.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The candidate must be able to follow instructions and have basic IT and keyboard skills as some documentation completion will be required.

Have an interest in Horticulture and outdoor working.

Have a high regard for customer service and respect the needs of customers

Adaptable and flexible.

Personal qualities

The candidate must be able to work individually as well as part of a team and must show enthusiasm for working outdoors and in general gardening. A positive and professional attitude is required with respect for others and our service users.

Integrity and able to follow instructions.

Desired qualifications

 Grade D or above or equivalent qualification in Maths and English.


Future prospects

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship there are prospects of progression to full-time employment with an advanced career in horticulture.

Things to consider

A full UK driving licence is desirable as driving machinery is pivotal to the role. 

This role is customer focussed and therefore delivering excellence of customer service at all times is essential. The successful applicant will be in regular contact with a diverse range of service users and must respect others, adhering to Equality & Diversity and Health & Safety regulations. The role will include a lot of work outside as well as representing the company when on a job. The candidate must have a desire to work outdoors all year round in all weather conditions.

Company Benefits

Our generous package includes:

  • Competitive salary
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 34 days annual leave (including statutory days)
  • a wide range of training and development opportunities (we are an Investors in People accredited organisation)
  • Health care package


About the employer

EMH Sharpes run as a Social Enterprise and are part of EMH group. The company are ultimately responsible for delivering the grounds maintenance service to a high standard across the Group’s properties and communal grounds with a dedicated team of staff who have a combined wealth of knowledge in the profession. All of the staff have a hands on and enthusiastic approach to gardening work and this is desired from the successful candidate to uphold. The company believe that community counts and access to well kept gardens and communal grounds make local areas better and more enjoyable environments to live in and use.


E M H Homes


The Springboard Centre

Mantle Lane


LE67 3DW

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Additional location information

Unit 23a


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Derby College


Ayesha Begum 07860826817

Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative Apprenticeship – Standard

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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