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Horticulture Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Level 2 THE HORNIMAN PUBLIC MUSEUM AND PUBLIC PARK TRUST

The scheme is an academic & vocational programme, the Apprentice will receive supervised training as a Gardener in the Horniman Gardens, working with the horticultural teams on garden maintenance. This is funded by Worshipful Co of Gardeners via C & G & is provided in partnership with CMC to enable the apprentice to undertake training towards recognised qualifications.

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Closing date: 02 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    During college holidays, the apprentice will work the full day week at the Horniman. The apprentice will also be granted 3 days of study leave in addition to their holiday allowance, to be taken at any time during the 24 month apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday between 7:30am to 4pm including breaks.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    15 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Work within a garden open to the public is very varied. In addition to many seasonal tasks (such as irrigation in summer, leaf clearing in autumn), a typical week could include:

  • Check on plants growing in our nursery.
  • Weeding of borders.
  • Lawn Mowing.
  • Planting up of borders or pot displays.
  • Digging, mulching, leaf raking.
  • Tidying plants in the tropical butterfly house.
  • Supporting volunteers during a voluteers session, supporting Horniman staff in the preparation of events in the garden, and many other tasks.

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

The qualification at the end of the apprenticeship will be a Horticulture Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Level 2 Award.

You will also have gained the minumum of a Level 1 in functional skills Maths and English if you did not have the qualifications at the start of the apprenticeship.

Emergency Fist Aid at work.

Pesticides PA1 and PA6.

The training with the employer will be done at Horniman Museum in London SE23.

The one day block release at college will be at one of the Capel Manor College campuses nearest to where you live. Gunnersbury Park, Regents Park or Enfield. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

With the skills acquired during the apprenticeship, possible career paths could lead to a gardener position within a public garden, roles in garden centres or nurseries, garden maintenance and many other possibilities within the horticultural industry.

Each apprentice will be given the opportunity to grow within the organisation. During the apprenticeship scheme, the apprentice will work with qualified members of staff and be provided the support and guidance required to develop horticultural and maintenance skills and experience.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Understand Written Instruction, Understand Verbal Instruction, Work Independently, Calm and Confident, Friendly and helpful, Enthusiasm to learn, Punctual, Reliable, Trustworthy, Flexible, Co-operative with Team Members


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

Things to consider

The role involves working outside all year round and in all weather conditions. (suitable cold weather clothing and footwear is provided.) other aspects of the work include early starts, able to cope with regular physical work. Heavy lifting. Gardens team members are required to use a radio to maintain contact with other radio users around the museum site. A standard DBS check (security check) is required for this post.

About the employer

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a unique attraction in South East London where world cultures and the natural world are brought together for everyone to enjoy. The Museum holds an internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as a popular natural history gallery and aquarium. The 16 acres of beautiful gardens offer stunning views across London, and feature a tropical butterfly house, collections of medicinal, dye and material plants, a drought tolerant grasslands garden, as well as London's oldest nature trail.




100 London Road

Forest Hill


SE23 3PQ

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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