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Horticulture apprentice and Landscaping Apprentice HAVEN GARDENS LIMITED

Exciting opportunities have become available for a horticulture and a landscaping apprentice to train with an established grounds maintenance and landscaping company. We are a continually growing and forward-thinking company who design, build and maintain predominantly high end domestic private gardens.

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Closing date: 06 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Uniform Provided

  • Working week

    Hours 7.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday (40hrs week) 30mins for lunch (paid)

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Our head office and dedicated yard is located just outside Wickham near Fareham (where our teams leave from each day) we predominantly work in Hampshire, West Sussex, Dorset & Wiltshire. We are members of the Association of Professional landscapers.

You will be trained in a variety of skills to include:


  • Paving 
  • Brickwork
  • Sleeper installation
  • Fencing
  • Decking
  • Water features
  • Installation of garden lighting



  • Grass cutting
  • Hedge cutting
  • Plant and shrub pruning
  • Weed control
  • Weed control
  • Specialist topiary pruning
  • Pond maintenance

We are looking to take on candidates to nurture and develop to assist in both our hard landscape garden construction division and within our soft landscape and maintenance division. You will need to have your own transport to get to and from our base, and may be asked to drive company vehicles (subject to conditions). You must have a presentable and self-care appearance, and good time-keeping. Candidates will need to be able to work as part of a team. A positive attitude and willingness to learn are essential attributes. There will be opportunities for career progression and we actively promote self-improvement to achieve this. Both roles are physically demanding.


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

Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
Emergency First Aid
Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths must achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 before taking the end-point assessment (EPA).

Apprentices will need to achieve the EPA's to achieve their apprenticeship:

On-line knowledge assessment - a 60-minute online test containing 40 multiple choice questions.

Practical assessment EPA - a range of 3 practical activities taking no more than six hours undertaken in controlled conditions with responses to verbal questioning from the Independent End Point Assessor.

The apprentice will undertake two tasks from the core tasks and one task from the optional route - Horticulture or Landscaping
Professional Discussion EPA - An hour-long professional discussion under controlled conditions between the EPA and the apprentice to allow the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge.

You will be required to attend Sparsholt College on a day release basis to learn about horticulture, to include:

Health and Safety
Use and maintain non-powered and handheld powered equipment
Use and maintain pedestrian controlled equipment
Environment protection
Plant identification and nomenclature - Latin and common
Vegetation control
Soil science and cultivation
Plant establish and maintenance
Plant grown
Plant health
Establish and maintain amenity areas
Survey and mark out sites for landscaping features
Construct hard landscape features
Maintain hard landscape features

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On successful completion of your apprenticeship you may be offered and permanent opportunity.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Physical fitness, Takes pride in their work, Can do attitude, Good timekeeping and reliable


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C (4) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C (4) or above) Essential
Other Driving license (Grade Full) Essential

Things to consider

You will need to have your own transport and a full driving license as you will be required to drive company vehicles as part of your role.

About the employer

Working with clients across the South Coast, we are proudly creating an outdoor living lifestyle, enjoyed by many. Each project we undertake feels fresh and exciting. The care that goes into each garden from the first call to the last day on site, is a sign of our drive to innovate whilst continuing to provide projects of unmatched quality.







SO32 2HN

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Training provider



Karen Jackson


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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