Apprentice Gardener/Landscaper Just Potting About Limited

Just Potting About requires an Apprentice Gardener for a small garden maintenance company. The role will involve day-to-day gardening tasks in various sized gardens. Duties will include, mowing, hedge-cutting, weeding and planting. Working in the company’s greenhouse planting up pots, tubs and hanging.

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Closing date: 18 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £122.50

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    14 months

  • Possible start date

    21 Aug 2017

  • Date posted

    20 Feb 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001173325

  • Positions

    1 available

Just Potting About requires an Apprentice Gardener for a small garden maintenance company

 The ideal candidate must be:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Ability to learn when undertaking tasks

The work can be long and involve heavy lifting so the candidate would need to be hard working, strong and keen to please.  This is a great opportunity to work with a friendly company with a great client base.  The role will involve day–to-day gardening tasks in various sized gardens, reporting to and working along-side the owner 

Duties will include:

  • Mowing
  • Hedge – cutting
  • Weeding
  • Planting
  • Lawn treatments
  • Keeping the company vehicle clean and tidy
  • Cleaning the gardening tools after use

There will be an opportunity to learn some landscaping skills:

  • Erecting fences
  • Laying new patios

 The Company is widening its scope of work to include garden design, which could include landscaping customers’ gardens and will also include following planting plans

The candidate will also be expected to work in the ‘company’s greenhouse:

  • Planting up hanging baskets, pots and tubs 
  • ‘Pot-on’ seedlings
  • Plug plants

The apprentice will have good communication skills which are essential as they will be dealing with members of the public where they will be expected to be polite and courteous

The apprentice will also accompany the owner visiting suppliers and markets to purchase plants and stock

Good English and Maths skill are required as there will be an annual stock take and general office paper-work to be completed


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Just Potting About is looking for a person who has a keen interest in gardening and is considering horticulture as a career

  The ideal candidate needs to have:

  • A good level of skills in Maths and English
  • Must be interested in gardening
  • Prepared to work hard at something they enjoy
  • Good communication skills are essential
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook would be preferred. 
  • Clean appearance
  • A tidy and conscientious worker, with attention to detail
  • A can-do attitude
  • Must be willing to learn

Personal qualities

  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Hard working

Qualifications required

  • GSCEs in Maths & English (or equivalent)

 

Future prospects

Successful applicants will receive a formal job offer on completion of the apprenticeship

Things to consider

Just Potting About is a 5-minute walk away from Carpenders Park Station. All applications must be made through Apprenticeship vacancies. Do not contact the employer. This role involves working in all weathers. Important Other Information: Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by Government. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution. From 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. KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise.

About the employer

My name is Debbie Burgess and I am the owner/director of Just Potting About Ltd. I started my own business 3 years ago, specialising in pots, tubs and hanging baskets. I am passionate about gardening and I love plants. I provide garden maintenance to the general public but I also provide pots and tubs to commercial premises. I have been gardening since I was a little girl and I love nothing more than pottering about in my greenhouse.I am friendly and approachable and like being with people but I also like the solitude of being on my own working in a garden. The business is based in Watford but covers a radius of 15 miles around that area.

Employer

Just Potting About Limited

Address

9 Gosforth Lane

Watford

WD19 7SR

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Training provider

  • Full training will be provided to support the successful applicant through their Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship
  • Training will also be provided to support the learner through any Functional skills required

 

Apprenticeship framework

Horticulture

Training provider

KEITS

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by KEITS Training Services Ltd

Contact

Lisa Crook 07932 976002 AV@keits.co.uk


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Closing date: 18 Aug 2017