Apprentice Gardener/ Soft Landscaper HEDGEHOGS GARDEN SERVICES LIMITED

Apprentice gardener required for a grounds maintenance business, based south of Reading. The tasks you will be involved with include grass cutting, high quality hedge cutting and pruning, leaf collection, tree pruning, planting, landscaping.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pension scheme where applicable. Performance based salary reviews and driving incentive for the right candidate.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday - 8.00am-4.30pm. Some flexibility may be required if a client needs an earlier start.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

We work on a wide variety of properties from business parks and care homes, to large private estates. A range of different equipment is used and work is always conducted to a high standard. There will be regular interaction with clients and/or residents, and so a polite, well presented representative of the business is an important quality. No two weeks are the same, and a desire to be proud of what you have achieved, is vital. 

The role will include:

  • Regular grounds maintenance for private and commercial sites
  • Garden Tidy Ups
  • Hedge & Grass Cutting
  • Turfing
  • Mulching
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Lawn Care
  • Edging
  • Using mowers and hand tools
  • Lifting
  • Planting.

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

  • Weekly day release into Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA)
  • Level 2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Maths & English Functional Skills if required (as part of your day release into college)
  • Level 3 First Aid at Work
  • An assessor will visit you at your employer every 8-10 weeks.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • 2 Year plan - Full time position available to the right candidate upon completion of apprenticeship

  • 3 year plan - Advanced Training (Chainsaws,Chippers,Ride on Mowers, Diggers, Dumpers, Telehandler Licence)

  • 5 year plan - To be part of the expansion of the business becoming a team leader or supervisor.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


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

Things to consider

You will be working outside in all weathers (waterproof clothing provided). You need to be of a polite nature as you will communicate with customers. Possible early starts and time keeping is essential.

About the employer

We are a Family run business based in Wokingham, Berkshire serving the Woodley, Twyford, Bracknell, Ascot and surrounding areas. We provide a friendly, personal and professional gardening service to suit your individual needs. Hedgehogs Garden Services was started in August 2007 by the Johnson family in Woodley Berkshire. After providing areas within Berkshire for 10 years they decided to relocate to Canada in May 2018. At this time the Company changed ownership and moved just down the road to Wokingham where it is now based. Striving to keep the great personal service that it has always provided, Hedgehogs continues to produce outstanding work within the local community. From your one-off grass cut to a full landscape project we have got it covered. Please view our gallery of recent works and testimonials. We always provide no-obligation quotes with no hidden extras.






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Training provider



Sarah Hill

01628 824560

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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