Apprentice Gardener The Fourth Room

The Fourth Room specialise in professional high-quality gardening services. We wish to add a new apprentice gardener to our teams to train in all aspects of working in horticulture and operating a gardening business. If you have a passion for plants and working out doors you could be just what we are looking for.

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Closing date: 21 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    Minimum starting Salary £15,000

    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 8.00am - 4.30pm.Saturday work may be available from time to time.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Fourth Room is a local gardening company specialising in professional high-quality gardening services to the private sector.

Working with the team leader the successful candidate will carry out all the tasks required for sound horticultural garden maintenance including

  • Identification and cultivation of trees, shrubs and hardy perennials
  • Operating a range of machinery for grass cutting, hedge trimming, etc
  • Carrying out seasonal tasks including planting, division, pruning, weed identification and removal
  • Turf Management & Lawn Care
  • General Property Maintenance

The training you will be getting

  • The candidate will be expected to attend Day Release at Berkshire College of Agriculture, Burchetts Green, Maindenhead, SL6 6QR,  where they will study for two years which, combined with their on the job learning, they will achieve a Level 2 Horticultural Operative Qualification

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Depending on skills and aptitude, upon succesful completion of the apprenticeship the candidate can expect to extend their experience as a fully employed gardener for further 12 - 24 months

At this point, with the option for additional funded study the apprentice can expect to become:

  • Team Leader
  • Garden Designer
  • Landscape Specialist
  • Run own company/Franchise

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

This is a physically demanding role, spending all four seasons working out of doors, in gardens extending to many acres. Physical fitness and an enjoyment of being outdoors in all weathers are essential.

About the employer

The Fourth Room Contracts Limited is a small private company based in Ascot, Berkshire, and operates in Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire and has been trading for over 12 years.


The Fourth Room


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John Dowling


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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

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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