Apprentice Gardener - Bletchingdon Park Bletchingdon Park Estate

We are looking for an apprentice gardener to join our team at Bletchingdon Park, which is undergoing major redevelopment. The gardens consist of lawns, water gardens, borders, fruit, and flowers. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has a passion in horticulture and countryside and wants to develop a career in a unique garden.

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm with a weekend rota. Total hours per week: 40 hours a week

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    22 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to assisting in the following areas:

  • Border work
  • Maintaining climbing plants
  • Lawn care
  • Planting and aftercare of outside containers
  • Water garden care
  • Leaf clearing
  • Watering
  • Glasshouse work
  • Care of paved areas
  • Use of wide variety of machinery
  • Hedge cutting
  • Strimming
  • Application of pesticides
  • Plant propagation
  • Vegetable, fruit and cut flower production
  • Flower arranging

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


  • 15 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Qualifications included:

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid
  • Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides
  • Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian HandHeld Equipment
  • Level 2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Continued career development both in-house and college based.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade A*-C 9/4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade A*-C 9/4) Desired

Things to consider

Due to our rural location we’d prefer the candidate to have their own transport. We work in all weather, and this is a physically demanding role. Must be a team player. Due to ongoing development of the estate there are times when we assist in non garden areas.

About the employer

Bletchingdon Park is a privately owned estate. The House, gardens and estate are undergoing major redevelopment so this is an exciting time to join the team. The gardens consist of lawns, water gardens, borders, woodlands, vegetables, fruit and flowers with greenhouse. Training will be provided in all of these areas.


Bletchingdon Park Estate






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Training provider



01235 216216

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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