The Royal Parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Scheme - Hyde Park idverde Ltd

The Royal Parks Horticultural Apprenticeship Scheme is an ideal way to begin a career in horticulture and open space management. Our Scheme is typically a 3 year apprenticeship combining college-based learning with unrivalled workplace training in one of London's historic Royal Parks. You will be planting bedding, shrubs and trees and general gardening.

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Closing date: 26 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    National minimum wage depending on candidates age.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 7.00am to 3.30pm

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    27 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Day to day park based tasks will include:

  • Shrub bed Maintenance
  • Planting bedding, shrubs and trees
  • Grass cutting
  • Bedding maintenance
  • General gardening
  • Litter Picking
  • Spraying of chemicals - subject to qualification
  • Driving - subject to qualification and authorisation
  • Adhoc soft landscaping
  • Adhoc involvement in events/ceremonies with The Royal Parks.
  • Work as part of a highly skilled team to maintain The Royal Parks landscape

Apprentices will be supported by The Royal Parks Guild and will attend masterclass days and celebration events as part of their apprenticeship. Course work will be through day release at Capel Manor Regents Park Campus.

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

  • Horticulture or landscape construction operative level 2
  • Functional skills English and maths
  • Emergency First aid at work
  • Level 2 award in the safe use of pesticides PA1
  • Pesticide application PA6/PA6W
  • Level 2 award in safe use of pedestrain controlled mowers
  • Level 2 award in safe use of ride on self propelled mowers
  • RHS level 2 certificates as appropriate

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Many past Royal park apprentices are now employed as Park Managers, Supervisors or Contract Managers for The Royal Parks' contractors or in key local authority posts.

At the end of the apprenticeship, you will be ideally placed to continue your career in the horticultural industry either in a 'hands on' role or progressing to a management or supervisory post.  This could be within open space management, landscape construction or design industries.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, Motivated, Enthusiatic, Hard working, Happy to work outside, Horticulture Interest, Academically minded, Good Practical skills


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade Grade 4 or Equivalent or above) Desired

Things to consider

The applying candidate MUST consider that the role is physically demanding, & must be willing to work throughout all variances of weather. Other aspects of the work include early starts & ability to cope with regular physical work. This involves working on very high profile sites, with many visitors, so a high level of professionalism is required. Must be willing to work outside in all weathers. All applications must be made through apprenticeship vacancies. Do Not contact the employer direct or this may result in your application not being considered.

About the employer

Idverde are a leading supplier of grounds maintenance services to the public sector with contracts ranging from multi-service delivery partnerships with numerous local authorities to our role as legacy partner caring for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park until 2024. We deliver a wide range of green services including grass cutting, hedge trimming, sports pitch management, floral displays, planting area maintenance, litter and leaf collection, weed control, playground marking and tree surgery. The Apprenticeship is sponsored by The Royal Parks and will be based in Hyde Park.


idverde Ltd


The Storeyard

West Carriage Drive

Hyde Park

W2 2UH

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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