Horticulture Apprentice Private family estate

A local family are offering an opportunity to join them at their private estate near Truro as a Horticultural Apprentice. This is a fantastic opportunity to train as a gardener in a beautiful, rural setting while developing new skills.

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Closing date: 04 Mar 2024

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

    Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm to include two half hour breaks

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    12 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties to include but not limited to:

  • Productive gardening which includes all aspects of organic No-dig vegetable and cut flower production for the house, looking after soft fruit and tree fruit - trained and orchard, as well as greenhouse cropping and propagation.
  • Annual care and development of established ornamental trees, shrubs and herbaceous areas including containers
  • Amenity turf and wildflower meadows maintenance
  • Hedges and topiary clipping, watering and feeding
  • Upkeep and development of ponds, watercourses, water features and bog garden
  • Woodland management to include path strimming and removal of invasive shrubs such as laurel. Also, some firewood processing.
  • Occasional help to upkeep horse paddocks
  • Weekly holiday cottage garden maintenance
  • Planting and development of new areas
  • Keeping clean hard surfaces around the house, leaf blowing, etc.
  • Tool and machinery maintenance
  • Compost production and mulching

The training you will be getting

You will be working towards a Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Standard.

You will receive on and off the job training and support from an assessor and an apprenticeship advisor.

You will be required to attend Duchy College Rosewarne on a one day a week basis as part of the apprenticeship training.

The following qualifications will be required prior to taking the end point assessment:

  • Emergency first aid: Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work
  • Pesticides: Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of
  • Pesticides Guidance OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There may be other opportunities to further your training and development.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Professional and discreet.


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 3/C) Essential

Things to consider

As this is a rural location, your own transport will be essential.

About the employer

The property is a relatively newly built private family home a few miles north of Truro. It is set in approximately 27 acres of grounds which comprises some retired agricultural land, horse paddocks, ponds, woodland, orchard and very recently landscape designed gardens. Now that the garden is becoming more established, there is an opportunity for an apprentice garden assistant to work with, and learn from, the Head Gardener with possible, occasional input from landscape contractors.


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience



01209 617826

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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