Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Apprenticeship PETER ASHLEY LTD

We are looking for a highly motivated Grounds Maintenance Apprentice who can work with our Styal team to deliver an exceptional quality of work. This is an exciting opportunity to join the passionate and friendly team to learn a wide range of horticulture and landscaping skills.

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    29 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Grass cutting around site using pedestrian mowers (ride on mower when trained)
  • Use of strimmers on mown areas and cutting rough areas.
    Use of short and long arm hedge cutters
  • Planting and maintaining Summer and Winter bedding plant schemes
  • Hoeing of borders
  • Leaf fall collection
  • Tree and shrub pruning (using hand tools)
  • Helping with small tarmac repairs around site
  • Watering of bedding plant schemes
  • Minor building repairs / painting work
  • Weed control (by hand / hoe and chemical application when the relevant qualification is obtained)
  • Maintenance of wild and wildflower areas
  • Maintenance of the sites drains (following inductions and suitable length training)
  • Daily litter picking around site
  • Bin emptying around site

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

  • Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Apprenticeship Standard
  • On the job training and assessment, with regular training sessions in Oldham at Alexandra Park
  • Emergency first aid
  • English and maths Level 1 Functional Skills
  • Pesticides Level 2

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

It is anticipated that there will be a full-time position available for the right candidate upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Ability to read instructions, Able to work in all weathers, Able to lift/move goods


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-D/9-3) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-D/9-3) Desired

Things to consider

Are you able to drive or bike from your home within under ten miles as our offices are away from a bus route and down a rural road?

About the employer

Peter Ashley Ltd are and have been at the forefront of grounds maintenance and landscaping since 1962. We offer innovative solutions for total management and maintenance to our clients. Delivering exceptional quality and striving for complete customer satisfaction. Heywood Distribution Park is a 200-acre mixed use site on the outskirts of Heywood. We have maintained the grounds for 10 years and have helped the site win Gold awards for Britain in Bloom throughout these years.








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Training provider



Andrea Kearns


0161 785 4072

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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