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Gardening tasks carried out to a high standard as set by Grounds Supervisor and Head of Estate Services, including; upkeep of beds and planted areas, grass cutting and hedge trimming, and general watering.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £328 Per Week (£8.20 Per Hour) for the First Year of the Apprenticeship rising to £380 Per Week (£9.50 Per Hour) for the second year

  • Working week

    40 hours Monday to Friday, with occasional weekends. Shift patterns to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To carry out grounds and gardening duties as directed by Grounds Supervisor or Head of Estate Services.
  • To be responsible for the upkeep of the planted beds and grassed areas.
  • To assist in the development of new projects and the re-development of existing schemes, both hard landscaping and general gardening.
  • To undertake grass cutting and hedge trimming as directed by Grounds Supervisor
  • To ensure that all company equipment, plant and vehicles are used correctly and safely.
  • To assist with general watering during summer months.
  • To assist in setting up for special events, when required.
  • To drive all terrain vehicles when required, following suitable training.
  • Supervision of specialist contractors.
  • To maintain the highest standard of behaviour, performance and appearance ensuring that the designated uniform is worn at all times.

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

  • Horticulture or Landscape Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • You will attend Hadlow College one day per week during term time

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Depends on progress through the Apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Driving License required


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 4 / C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade 4 / C or above) Essential

Things to consider

You Must hold a driving license due to requirements of driving vehicles within the role

About the employer

Leeds Castle is a castle in Kent, England, 7 miles (11 km) southeast of Maidstone. It is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds. A castle has existed on the site since 857.[3] In the 13th century, it came into the hands of King Edward I, for whom it became a favourite residence; in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a dwelling for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The present castle dates mostly from the 19th century. It has been open to the public since 1976.




Leeds Castle Maidstone


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Training provider



John Eves


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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