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Is landscaping and gardening your passion? Wellingborough Bereavement Services are looking for someone to join their team. They have 11 acres of land and need an apprentice who has imagination and creative skills to work alongside the head gardener and help improve the grounds of the crematorium.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 11 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    The hours are on a rota basis over 7 days ensuring that you have 2 days off in a week. Days and times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is a unique opportunity. You will be helping to change the look of the employers 11 acre landscape by improving and helping with new ideas for the memorial gardens. You will be maintaining the flower tribute courtyard area to a high standard. Removing dead flowers from the gardens of remembrance and maintaining the grounds. You must be passionate about all things green and be creative. You need to have the ability to follow instructions to ensure duties are completed in a timely fashion. These include:

  • Cutting grass
  • Leaf blowing
  • Hedge trimming
  • Planting flowers
  • Shrubs and trees
  • Using strimmer, weeding and any other horticultural duties
  • You will be assisting with the disposal of ashes on occasion including helping with a short service where required
  • Occasionally you may be asked to help out in the office. This will consist of carrying out a few admin tasks such as taking bookings, and dealing with general enquires and providing a good level of customer service
  • You will take part in team meetings and one two one meetings to ensure the continual improvement of the service delivered to customers and the working environment

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

Level 2 Apprenticeship in either Horticulture or Landscape Operative. Plus:

  • Emegency First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Safe use of handling and application of pesticides
  • Functional Skills in English and maths (if required)

You will also study a range of topics to include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Business Skills
  • Machinery
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Plant health

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Possibility of progression or a full time position may be offered on successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

good timekeeping, team player, Communication skills, Organisation skills


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

Things to consider

You will need to attend Shuttleworth College on a Wednesday from 9am to 4.30pm during term time so please consider how you will get to Shuttleworth College in Biggleswade. You will learn all about the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s Guiding Principles, undertaking training in the operation of the cremators under the guidance of the cremator operator and take the ICCM’s. Working hours will be on a rota basis.

About the employer

Nene Valley Crematorium is the result of the Borough Council of Wellingborough’s vision to invest taxpayers’ money into a valuable service for the local community and beyond, which will eliminate the long road journeys to crematoria in other districts. It was also our wish to reduce the waiting times for cremation during busy periods, which adds to the burden of those who are grieving. We visualised a new and beautiful building that will serve as a beacon of excellence for the people of Wellingborough and wider community. The building has been designed to reflect light and an airy interior, with views over open countryside. It is intended to provide a peaceful atmosphere, uplifting the spirits of those who enter. The focus of the service we offer is choice: choice of time, choice of music, choice of memorials; excellent care and dedication come as standard. We recognise that funerals are deeply emotional and the importance of getting everything right, and right first time, is at the forefront of our minds. We endeavour to create gardens of tranquillity, which will commemorate the lives of those who have been cremated. The objective is to offer long-term comfort for the presently bereaved and for generations of families into the future.




305 Doddington Road


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 11 Dec 2022