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Grounds Maintenance Apprentice Our Lady of Lourdes Multi-Academy Trust

We are looking for an apprentice to work within the Estates team at a school in Nottinghamshire with good problem-solving, communication and team working skills. You will be responsible for maintaining the grounds to an excellent standard. The apprenticeship will include support and training whilst you gain qualifications.

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Closing date: 02 Sep 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Full-time role working 37 hours per week. Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. However, you will need to be able to work flexible hours if required including early mornings, evenings and weekends.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Take responsibility for the provision of grounds maintenance service on school site
  • Assist with all-cutting, weeding, bedding, tree and hedge trimming and the pruning and clearance of leaves and debris around the site
  • Assist with managing the resources required for excellent grounds maintenance
  • Ensure the security of equipment when not in use, the repair and maintenance of equipment and the necessary stock control level and procedures
  • Ensure grounds conforms to latest Health and Safety legislation

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

Your training will be provided by both your Employer and Grey Seal Academy. All training is delivered face to face at the workplace either on site or videoconferencing; this includes x1 training session and x1 coaching session per month. You will have access to an online portfolio and virtual learning environment to assist your training and assessment during your programme.

During the Apprenticeship you will learn the following topics:

  • Communication; communicate with others, including clients, the public and colleagues, this may require basic IT systems use
  • Team working; work alone and as part of a team effectively and recognise how all staff are dependent on each other to meet business objectives
  • Health and safety; apply relevant health and safety processes and procedures. Implement specific industry information on hazards relevant to horticultural environments. Follow safe systems of work and safety information provided by employer. Implement environmental protection policies and procedures
  • Environmental; prevent and control local pollution incidents e.g. use of spill kits
  • Planting, plant growth and development; care for plants correctly in different environments, including basic irrigation methods, planting methods and identifying plant deficiencies. Install various soft-landscape materials e.g. shrubs, trees, herbaceous, bedding, grass areas and seed. This will include site preparation, planting, sowing, turfing, preparation of seed beds and mulching
  • Soil cultivation; cultivate and improve soils by mechanical methods and by hand, making and amelioration of growing media and soils
  • Tools, equipment and machinery; safely use tools e.g. spades, rakes, shovels; equipment e.g. tape measure and spirit level and machinery e.g. pedestrian controlled mowers, hand held strimmer, hedgecutter
  • Vegetation control; follow processes and methods of site clearance, using tools and machinery for pruning and vegetation control, including basic turf management. Follow weed control methods
  • Propogation
  • Site presentation; work to a specified finish

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship you will gain the following qualifications and Standard:

  • Horticulture Operative Level 2 Standard
  • Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3
  • Use of Pesticides Level 2
  • Functional Skills in Mathematics Level 1 / 2 (if applicable)
  • Functional Skills in English Level 1 / 2 (if applicable)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, the Employer would like to maintain your employment on a permanent basis.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent None specified (Grade 3) Desired

About the employer

Our Lady of Lourdes Multi-Academy Trust include 21 schools in Nottinghamshire. The organisation is highly committed to outstanding training opportunities for all staff and provide a supportive working environment with excellent facilities.


Our Lady of Lourdes Multi-Academy Trust


Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy Trust

1st Floor, Loxley House, Riverside Business Park,

Tottle Road


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Training provider



Holly Lee-Crick


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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