We are looking for a Kitchen Garden Apprentice to work as part of our kitchen garden team in our beautiful, historic 2-acre walled, productive garden. You will be helping to grow food and flowers for display, sale and donation. You will work with our volunteers and community groups, so you’ll need good communication skills.

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Closing date: 15 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,609.60 to £18,964.40

    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 – Friday (you may be required to support with duties on Saturday or Sunday. You will be give advanced notice and given time off in lieu during the week). Start and end time: 7.30am – 3.30pm. Total number of paid hours a week: 35 hours a week.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    25 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    30 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The day’s activities are dependent on the season and will involve all aspects of growing in a public garden, from seed sowing to mulching, pruning trees to cutting flowers. There are a whole variety of other tasks all year round – there’s a lot to do.

Volunteers generally join us three mornings per week with community groups working with us too: It’s a busy space – staff and volunteer gardeners, visitors, impromptu meetings, commercial events, painting, and picnics.

You’ll also work in other areas of the garden too – learning about propagation, growing under glass in our glasshouse and helping out in our 65-acre landscape garden when the team needs it.

The training you will be getting

  • Horticulture Operative
  • College one day a week
  • Functional Skills English and maths level 1
  • Emergency first aid at work
  • Level 2 award in the safe use of pesticides PA1

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Each apprentice will be given the opportunity to grow within the organisation, our vision is to grow our own qualified staff, and the apprenticeship scheme is one method of achieving this goal.  
During the Apprenticeship scheme, the apprentice will work with a qualified member of staff and be provided the support and guidance required to progress within their career.  

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 1) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 2) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 1) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 2) Desired

Things to consider

The applying candidate MUST consider that the role is physically demanding, throughout all variances of weather. Other aspects of the work include early starts, able to cope with regular physical work. All applications must be made through Apprenticeship vacancies. Do not contact the employer direct or this may result in your application not being considered. The organisation will support each individual with their studies and associated examinations, at all times and allow time during working hours to complete necessary studies.

About the employer

The charity Chiswick House and Gardens Trust (CHGT) cares for 65-acre Grade-I registered gardens, a 2-acre Kitchen Garden and 1,800 trees, surrounding a 300-year-old Grade-I listed historic house, in the heart of London Borough of Hounslow (LBH), West London. The gardens are free to visit and open every day, welcoming more than 825,000 to 1 million visits annually. We play a vital role in the community.




The Estate Office Chiswick House

Hogarth Lane


W4 2QN

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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


Rosie Fyles


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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