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Horticultural Apprentice ARCHITECTURAL PLANT LTD

We want to inspire a new generation of horticulturalists, botanists, landscapers, garden designers, plant growers, plant scientists, plant sellers and everything in between. Our apprentices will join our dedicated and plant obsessed team, and be a part of growing, planting, and maintaining some of the world’s most exciting plants.

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

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Closing date: 31 Jan 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Year 2 salary - up to £19,500, depending on age.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm. Four days at our nursery or onsite, one day in college.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

We aim to make our apprenticeship experience as unique and engaging as possible, through on-the-job training across many areas of our nursery, including:

  • Learning to propagate, grow and maintain our plant stock in our nursery.
  • Learning how to make our customers gardens look beautiful with our Planting & Creative Maintenance Teams.
  • Helping to maintain the grounds of our 32-acre site.
  • Learning the customer facing skills and plant know how to support our busy sales and design team.

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

Upon completion, an apprentice will gain the following qualifications:

  • L2 Horticultural Operative apprenticeship standard.
  • L2 certificate in Safe Use of Pesticides.
  • L3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.
  • English and maths: Apprentices without level 2 English and maths must achieve level 1 and take the test for level 2 before taking the end-point assessment.

Training will occur at Plumpton College, this will be one day per week during term time.

You will achieve an intermediate apprenticeship upon successful completion of your end point assessment.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Working in a garden or horticultural business. Various occupational paths including, but not limitted to: 

  • Horticulturalist 
  • Botanist 
  • Landscaper
  • Gardener/groundskeeper 
  • Garden Designer 
  • Plant Grower 
  • Plant Scientists
  • Plant Seller

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

Benefits include: 21 days holiday p/a & bank holidays off. You will also be entitled to 3 days sick pay, contributions towards driving lessons and workplace pension options. There will be a £100 per annum budget on Personal Protective Equipment and clothing alongside personal & professional development training, This will be a physically demanding role and working outside throughout the year requires grit, stamina, and an unrelenting passion. The challenge is to manage your working and learning, striving to be efficient, reliable, and disciplined at all times. Previous experience is not essential but a genuine enthusiasm for horticulture and working outside is vital.

About the employer

We are an award-winning specialist nursery near Pulborough in West Sussex, with a reputation for supplying and growing high-quality non-native, tropical and evergreen plants. We also design and plant exceptional gardens. Our mission is to exceed our customers’ expectations with exciting, bold, and innovative work.






RH20 1DJ

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Training provider



Jay Osman

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

Register your interest through the website or email your CV and covering letter to

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Jan 2023