An excellent opportunity working at Longacres Garden Centre in the plant area, supporting the team with the daily upkeep of the site displays inside and out. Watering, basic housekeeping, potting, pruning and deadheading of the plants, dealing with customer enquiries and orders, also helping with deliveries and stocking of the area.

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday with a day off in the week and alternate weekends. Hours to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Longacres Garden Centre Ltd, has one of the largest privately owned garden centres in Surrey. The Company now has five sites, one small shop in Chobham and four garden centres in Bagshot, Shepperton, Bybrook and Chelmsford. This role will be for our larger store in Bagshot.

To apply for this role, you will need to be passionate about horticulture and want to work outside with a wide range of plants. The role will be working outside in all weathers with a very hands-on approach. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to progress within the Horticulture industry as you will cover all aspects of horticulture including the development and maintenance of amenities within this area. As this site has a vast plant area you will be able to gain a great plant knowledge. This role is key to this area as all the plants need to be maintained daily ensuring further growth and a healthy appearance.

Some of your day-to-day duties will include:

  • Watering
  • Basic housekeeping
  • Potting
  • Pruning and deadheading of the plants
  • Dealing with customer enquiries and orders
  • Helping with deliveries and stocking of the area

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths & English (if required)
  • Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
  • Level 2 PA2 Certificate (Safe Application of Pesticides)
  • Weekly day release into Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA)
  • An assessor will visit you in the workplace every 12-weeks

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possible future employment opportunities.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Willingness to learn


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 / C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 / C or above) Desired

Things to consider

You would be required to work outdoors in all weathers, rain, cold and hot temperatures, uniform and weather gear provided.

About the employer

Longacres Garden Centre is family-run and the business has grown to include five stores in the South East of England. From a few employees in 1979 to over 600 employees in 2022, Longacres is a growing company with opportunities for staff to develop and learn. Our diverse team is friendly, supportive, and inclusive. We value our loyal customers, high quality products and ability to offer competitive prices.




Longacres Nursery London Road


GU19 5JB

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Training provider


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


Sarah Hill

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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