Apprentice Gardener Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Apprentice Gardener will assist in the care, maintenance and development of turf and horticultural features within cemeteries and memorial, under guidance from the Head Gardener. Duties include turf culture, pruning, soil management, planting, pest control, machinery operation and maintenance, tree care, and the care of ornamental features

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Closing date: 22 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Summer Hours Monday - Thursday, 08:00 - 12:30 and Friday, 13:30 - 17: 00 and 08:00 - 12:30 and 13:00 - 16:00 Winter Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 12:30

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Undertakes practical horticultural maintenance, renovation work and caretaking duties. This includes turf care, edging, hedge cutting, weeding, pruning
  • Responsible for the safe operation, care, day to day maintenance of work equipment to a manufacturers guidance and reporting any issues to their Line Manager
  • Familiar with and competent in undertaking several routine administrative duties, including the use of IT and smart phones
  • Actively engages and work with other teams in the Region to deliver consistent standards across UKNA
  • Acts as a representation of the Commission at all times, including at CWGC held events at the cemetery
  • Providing advice and other information to Cemetery Visitors/members of the public, helping them locate war graves
  • Undertakes any other duties which may reasonably be regarded as within the nature of the role
  • Contributes to UKNA projects, tasks and working groups, as required
  • Required to complete all training of the Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship

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

  • Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional skills if required

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship, the candidate is welcome to apply to open vacancies within the organisation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Team working, Creative


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

May be some travel within the UK. A full UK driving licence required or provisional licence if currently learning.

About the employer

The CWGC is a highly respected, prestigious, global Organisation that honours and cares for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Funded by six Commonwealth Member Governments, we build and maintain memorials and cemeteries at 23,000 locations, in 150 countries, including some of the world’s most iconic, landmark monuments. Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told. We offer a unique and rewarding working environment.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Dawney Hill, Pirbright


GU24 0JB

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 22 Oct 2023