Horticultural Apprentice NEWMANS PLANTS LTD

We are looking for an apprentice to work alongside our team at the Ashford Designer Outlet. The role includes maintaining and enhancing all horticultural elements on the large retail park. The apprentice will have the opportunity to work with other employees supporting with many varying duties.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 06:30 - 14:30 including one day a week at college

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    09 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Lawn maintenance
  • Shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Hedge cutting
  • Seasonal planting including beds, pots and hanging baskets
  • Weed control
  • Interior plant maintenance
  • Irrigation
  • As well as college tuition the candidate will work with our on site team learning and training with them during the working week
  • The team tend to start on site early particularly in the Summer.
  • The apprentice will also support us with our Christmas business install and decorating Christmas trees into clients sites
  • Uniform and all PPE are provided

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

  • You will attend North Kent College, Hadlow Campus one day per week to learn the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours to prepare you for the Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

Mandatory qualifications:

  • 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?

  • With over 700 clients and circa 60 employees there are great opportunities to progress within our company
  • We have  a wide range of roles including internal and external maintenance technicians and supervisors. An installation team and team leaders, sales advisors, account managers and many more

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Honesty, Presentable, Hardworking, Willing to Learn


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 3 / D or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade 3 / D or above) Essential

About the employer

Plants bring all types of space life to so, naturally, we work with all types of business. From a handful of indoor plants to a sweeping exterior landscaping scheme, we have done it all. Whatever your business, whether a small local, operation, a multinational or anything in between, we believe the right plants can make all the difference to your workplace. We work at the forefront of our industry, be it discovering the latest products or applying new research on the benefits of plants. Through this approach, we can provide professional planting schemes designed to thrive, meet aesthetic aims and create healthier and more productive indoor and outdoor spaces.




Ashford Designer Outlet,

Kimberley Way


TN24 0SD

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Training provider



John Eves


01322 629400

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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