Horticulture/Gardening Apprentice RACHAEL WYLLIE

Shortridge Hall is a privately-owned estate and would like recruit a Gardening Apprentice to join their small team in order to handle all aspects of horticulture, weeding, planting, grass and hedge cutting, etc. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to earn a salary and gain a level 2 qualification.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Days and shifts to be discussed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    15 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The Horticulture and Landscape Operative Apprentice would be expected to learn and implement skills and duties including:

  • Planning work within the team.
  • Adhering to health and safety/ Risk Assessments.
  • Adapting to seasonal changes within the gardens.
  • Using PPE where necessary and understanding why.
  • Listening to and carrying out instructions.
  • Weeding, planting, grass and hedge cutting, etc.
  • Use of appropriate equipment and training on all tools used.

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

Horticulture or landscape construction operative Level 2 (GCSE).

Day release to Kirkley Hall Campus is required.

Mandatory qualifications:

  • (Core) Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (Ofqual registered) minimum 1-day course
  • (Horticulture Operative) Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides OR City & Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides
  • (Horticulture Operative) Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticide Using Hand Held Equipment OR City & Guilds Level 2 Award In The Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The possibility of full-time employment on the successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Polite and Friendly, Excellent time keeping


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

Things to consider

You will be required to work outdoors in all weathers, hot and cold, carrying out physical tasks using the relevant tools and equipment

About the employer

Shortridge Hall is a private residence with grounds requiring maintenance all year round. The garden is 3.5 acres of formal garden and a further 2.5 acres of roadside woodland. The garden was designed by Adam Frost and is still at an early stage. Most of the planting is competed, but some of the lawns and meadows are still to be seeded. The garden includes a walled garden for vegetables and flowers and a glass house for propagation. The garden is private and maintained for the enjoyment of the family.






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Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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