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Apprentice Gardener/Groundsman HOLYPORT COLLEGE

A fantastic opportunity has come up at Holyport School for a garden/grounds person role. The role is very varied with some work on the college gardens and sport pitches. A role not to be missed!

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    37 hours a week, Monday to Friday and 28 days holiday.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    06 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Undertake all aspects of ground maintenance including mowing lawns and playing fields, maintenance of the all weather pitch, use of mini tractor, leaf clearance, sweeping, litter picking, emptying bins, planting and weeding
  • In cooperation with others helping with the green house, planting and propagation of plants
  • Maintaining the pond and its filter
  • Assist with College sustainability projects, including helping with the College’s bio processor
  • Monitor standards of grounds care and report outcomes to the Estates Manager
  • Undertake site maintenance under the direction of the Estates Manager
  • After training, undertaking or assisting with the repair of door handles, locks, windows, furniture, and garden equipment and painting both indoors and outdoor
  • Assist if required with laundry and cleaning
  • To undertake any other tasks as directed by the Estates Manager or Bursar

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • During your time at our College you will be collating evidence of learning, be observed and receive training as to how we do things
  • This is averaged over a 24 month period and includes time spent at the beginning of the programme completing ‘sign-up’ & functional skills assessment
  • An assessor will visit you in the work-place every four to eight weeks.
  • You will receive a Level 2 Diplioma in Horticulture on completion of your Apprenticeship
  • One day a week at college
  • English & Maths Functional Skills unless exempt

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Possibility of a full time post upon completion of Apprenticeship.

You will gain satisfaction and self-confidence from knowing your capabilities have been successfully assessed against an established national framework.

The professional qualifications behind the Apprenticeship Programme and the experience through the Hortic diploma role will provide you with a great opportunity to progress your career with us and explore development opportunities that are available to you.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Physical fitness, Punctual


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5 / C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5 / C or above) Desired

Things to consider

You will be dealing with people so you need to be cheerful. You need to be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers.

About the employer

Holyport College was founded under the Government’s free school programme as the UK’s first State Boarding free school. We opened our doors to our first students in September 2014 with our Sixth Form provision opening in September 2017. The intake of the College is all ability from Years 7 to 11 and the Sixth Form is academically selective. Whilst the College is modelled on an independent boarding school, we aim to emulate the best of both the state and independent sectors.








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Training provider



Sarah Hill

01628 827530

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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