Horticulture/Landscape Operative Apprentice SUSTAIN LANDSCAPES LTD

Sustain Landscapes Ltd currently have a vacancy for an Apprentice Landscape Operative. The selected candidate will work on landscape construction contracts and grounds maintenance contracts across the North East region and will receive the required training to fulfil their position and progress in their career.

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Closing date: 27 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Normal hours of work between 7:15am – 4:00pm, overtime and weekend work as required. Shifts and breaks TBC Holidays - 28 days including statutory holidays. A number of days are required to be reserved for Christmas Shutdown.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    06 Jun 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Within various locations throughout the North East, duties will include:

  • Receiving and implementing instruction from your Team Leader
  • Working on construction sites carrying out tasks such as implementing landscape planting schemes involving preparing landscape areas, implementing planting plans with specimen trees, hedges, shrubs, perennials and bulbs as well as installing formal turf lawns, grass-seeded areas and wildflower areas.
  • Constructing new football pitches involving topsoiling, sand amelioration, drainage installation and seeding.
  • Working on grounds maintenance sites carrying out tasks such as maintaining formal lawns, amenity areas and sports pitches; sports pitch renovations including aeration, top dressing and overseeding; marking out winter sports pitches and summer athletics pitches and maintaining all weather sports pitches.

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

30 hours per week, six of which will be at Kirkley Hall College on day release.

Qualification is the Horticulture Standard Level 2.

First Aid at Work Certificate and Pesticide Spraying Certificate included in the qualification.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Sustain Landscapes Limited is an expanding and forward-thinking company and has a policy of promoting from within. Training and career progression could be available to the successful candidate.

One progression pathway could be undertaking the Horticulture Supervisor Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-2 or A*-E) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-2 or A*-E) Essential

Things to consider

You will be working outside in all weathers, hot, cold, wet, dry, etc. No previous experience required as all training will take place during the programme however, you must be physically fit, able to bend, lift and use various tools and equipment. Must have a “can-do” attitude to work.

About the employer

Sustain Landscapes Ltd are a commercial landscaping and grounds maintenance company implementing projects and providing services across the North East Region. Our works include hard landscaping, soft landscaping, fencing, synthetic and natural sports surface installation and grounds maintenance. Established in 2008 Sustain Landscapes has continually expanded and now works from purpose-built premises in Consett. Working on large scale projects such as the new LiIidorei Garden at Alnwick Castle, Hexham QE School landscaping and sports pitch construction and Durham County Council new headquarters, the company continues to grow offering progression opportunities to all staff backed by a training and development programme








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Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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