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.
Closing date: 04 Mar 2024
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
Total hours per week: 40
Possible start date
15 Apr 2024
12 Dec 2023
Level 2 (GCSE)
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
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 3/C) Essential
Things to consider
About the employer
Private family estate
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:
- qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
- industry or sector experience
Horticulture or landscape construction operative
Level 2 (GCSE)
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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