Horticulture Grounds Maintenance Apprenticeship Portchester Memorial Gardens

An exciting opportunity has become available for a gardening apprentice at Portchester Memorial Gardens. This four acre award winning memorial garden features lawns, bedding, ponds, trees, hedges, rose beds and pathways. You will gain hands on experience in all of these areas.

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Closing date: 01 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Mon - Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm, 1 hour lunch 1 day per week training at Sparsholt College during term time.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    18 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The successful applicant will be an important member of our small gardening team, helping to ensure that this special resting place remains looking at its best.

You will be trained in all areas of horticulture, to include:

  • Planting
  • Weeding
  • Edging
  • Pruning
  • Digging plots for ashes
  • Propigating
  • Watering
  • Keeping lawns, hedges and paths tidy

You will be working in a small team, usually alongside a colleague to assist / mentor you, with greater independence as your knowledge and confidence grows. 

The training you will be getting

You will attend Sparsholt College on a day release basis during term time, where you will work towards the following:

  • Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Emergency First Aid
  • PA1 PA6
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths must achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 before taking the end-point assessment.

Apprentices will need to achieve the EPA's to achieve their apprenticeship:

On-line knowledge assessment - a 60-minute online test containing 40 multiple choice questions

Practical assessment EPA - a range of 3 practical activities taking no more than six hours undertaken in controlled conditions with responses to verbal questioning from the Independent End Point Assessor. The apprentice will undertake two tasks from the core tasks and one task from the optional route - Horticulture or Landscaping

Professional Discussion EPA - An hour-long professional discussion under controlled conditions between the EPA and the apprentice to allow the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge
You will be required to attend Sparsholt College on a day release basis to learn about horticulture, to include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Use and maintain non-powered and handheld powered equipment
  • Use and maintain pedestrian controlled equipment
  • Environment protection
  • Plant identification and nomenclature - Latin and common
  • Vegetation control
  • Soil science and cultivation
  • Plant establish and maintenance
  • Plant grown
  • Plant health
  • Establish and maintain amenity areas
  • Survey and mark out sites for landscaping features
  • Construct hard landscape features
  • Maintain hard landscape features

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential to be takin on to the team permanently as an assistant gardener after successful completion of your apprenticeship. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Physical fitness, Reliable, An interest in horticulture, Can do attitude, Committed to learning, Respectful and approachable, Polite


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C (4) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C (4) or above) Essential

Things to consider

This is a physically demanding role where you will be required to work outdoors in all weathers. You will need to attend Sparsholt college on a day release basis.

About the employer

Private memorial garden, leasing burial plots for caskets of cremated ashes, marked by individual memorials.


Portchester Memorial Gardens





PO16 8NF

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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


Karen Jackson


01962 797452

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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