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Horticulture Apprenticeship HORDEN PARISH COUNCIL

We have a fantastic opportunity for an Apprentice Horticulture person to join our small team and work to maintain and enhance a wide range of resources across Horden Parish Council’s estate from lawns, hedges, beds, and borders as well as a large cemetery. You will work towards the Horticulture Operative Level 2 Occupational Standard

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Closing date: 17 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,254.44 to £18,278.00

    The rate of pay is based on National Minimum wage for your age.

    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

    Monday to Friday (working hours to be confirmed at interview stage) This will incorporate Summer and Winter working hours.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    21 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Working 37 Hours per week, Monday to Friday (timings to be confirmed at interview) 

1 day per week attending college for theory and practical learning (hours are included in the paid hours per week)

The duties of the role are varied and whilst training will include:

  •  To use and maintain a full range of horticultural equipment including ride on mowers
  • Grass cutting and strimming
  • Preparation, planting flower beds and shrub beds
  • Assisting in the maintenance of sports pitches with grounds staff
  • Marking up of Sports Pitches
  • Hedge cutting, tree pruning, turfing work, landscaping
  • General maintenance of fencing
  • Spraying - pesticides, fertilisers
  • Play Equipment repairing and painting
  • Litter picking, emptying litter bins and dog foul bins
  • Driving Council vehicles, as required (subject to holding appropriate licence)
  • Assisting cemetery staff with the re-opening and digging of graves with mechanical and non-mechanical equipment
  • Upkeep of grounds and open spaces
  • Regular attendance and punctuality during college day release and in the work place.
  •  To demonstrate and promote behaviour in accordance with the staff code of conduct
  • To ensure compliance with the councils health and safety policy and the Health and Safety at Work (1974) Act.
  • To deal with members of the public including, park events, fun days and other special events.
  •  Any other duties as detailed by the relevant supervisor/manager, appropriate to the grade of the post.

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

You will work toward the Horticulture or Landscape Operative Level 2 Standard.

The course will be delivered on a day release basis to East Durham College's Houghall Campus in Durham. This will be 1 day per week from 9.00am to 3.00pm

You will also recieve training and assessment in the work place via a dedicated Trainer/Coach from the college once every 4 weeks.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

There is the possibility for the right candidate to progress to the next level of qualification.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-3 (A*-D)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-3 (A*-D)) Essential

Things to consider

This role involves working outside in all weathers. This is a physically demanding role. Do you meet the criteria for math's and English? Please ensure you can travel to the Council depot and be on time on a daily basis.

About the employer

Horden Parish Council is on the East Coast in County Durham. The Parish Council is made up of 15 Councillors and predominately provides recreational services including parks, play areas and the Social Welfare Centre. We are the burial authority for the village. Horden Parish Council was formed in 1947, the village which was created around the colliery in 1900 was originally under the parish of Shotton until the creation of Peterlee as a new town. The Parish Council bought the Social Welfare Centre and the Welfare Park from the Horden Miners Welfare Trust in 1991 in order to ensure their continuing use after the demise of the colliery. The main aim of the Parish Council has always been to provide good quality services, particularly in recreational facilities for local people. They own, manage and maintain two parks, 4 small play areas, playing fields and sports pitches as well as a cemetery and the Social Welfare Centre.








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Training provider



Hayley Clifton


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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