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Grounds Level 2 Apprentice Coventry University

• Gain necessary skills and knowledge to gain the Apprenticeship Level Two in Horticulture • Combine On/Off the Job training at our award winning landscape and at College • This will involve amenity horticulture (i.e. the care of turf, parks, gardens and other green spaces) maintenance of sporting surfaces, including the cultivation of plants

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Closing date: 11 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,399.00

  • Working week

    5 days out of 7, and may include weekends: Summer – 7.30am - 4.06pm Winter – 8am - 3.06pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    14 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000063720

  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is a 2 year Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship Programme, where you will mainly be based at Coventry University’s award winning campus in the centre of Coventry. You will also have the opportunity of working at the University’s external sporting facilities at Westwood Heath and Ryton Organic site, attending one day per week at Brooksby College in Melton Mowbray for the knowledge and off the job delivery.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Combine On/Off the Job training at our award winning landscape.
  • Participate in the maintenance of the Group’s green spaces and public realm area.
  • Develop skills in the maintenance and safe operation of horticultural and public realm equipment and machinery.
  • Gain necessary skills and knowledge to gain the Apprenticeship Level Two in Horticulture
  • Participate in the full range of year round cyclical grounds maintenance, sport, landscape development and public realm operations.
  • Assisting with the development of new areas and site-wide planting.
  • Taking account of Health and Safety in horticultural operations both in relation to personal health and welfare, and that of others.
  • Amenity horticulture (i.e. the care of turf, parks, gardens and other green spaces) maintenance of sporting surfaces.
  • Cultivation of plants, including the planting, pruning and weeding operations
  • Safe use and maintenance of hand held petrol driven tools
  • Use and maintenance of a range of ride on machinery
  • A full range of planned maintenance tasks

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

You will gain the following from undertaking the Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture;
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities;
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills;
  • Level 3 First Aid;
  • PA1 (Using Pesticides Safely);
  • Level 1 in Maths and English if not already achieved.

The knowledge delivery and off the job learning will take place at Brooksby College in Melton Mowbray one day per week. The remaining time will be spent learning on the job across the Group’s award winning green spaces and public realm areas within the Coventry area. This will involve developing skills in supporting the delivery of a clean and attractive campus by working as part of the Grounds Team, maintaining the grounds and ensuring the safe operation of horticultural and public realm equipment and machinery. Participation in the full range of year round cyclical grounds maintenance, sport, landscape development and public realm operations.  Assisting with the development of new areas and site wide planting.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon completion of the Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship we are hopeful that this will lead to a permanent position within the Coventry University Group’s Grounds Team as a Grounds Person


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Physical fitness

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A - C or 4 - 9) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A - C or 4 - 9) Desired

Things to consider

- An interest in gardening - Physical capacity to work outdoors in all seasons and to undertake strenuous physical tasks - Willingness to travel to and work at various Group sites within Coventry and to College. - Develop & contribute new ideas and skills - Ability to learn & adapt to new skills - Flexible approach - Ability to prioritise

About the employer

We are a dynamic university that provides high quality education to our students. We continue to invest in our staff, students and facilities as part of our goal to become one of the UK’s leading universities. Our ethos is one of support, trust integrity and respect while valuing diversity. Coventry University is a stimulating, diverse and enthusiastic organisation that is committed to delivering the very best experience for our students and staff alike.

Employer

Coventry University

Address

Priory Street

Coventry

West Midlands

CV1 5FB

Contact

Yvette Thatcher

yvette.thatcher@coventry.ac.uk

07974984308

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Training

Training provider

THE SMB GROUP

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)


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