As an apprentice you will gain practical experience and knowledge in various aspects of horticulture, plant care, and nursery operations. This promotes day-to-day tasks necessary for nurturing plants from seeding to saleable size, plant biology, pest management, and customer service. You will gain a solid foundation to further your career.

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Closing date: 07 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    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, 7.30am - 4.30pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Plant Care and Cultivation - Assist in the care and maintenance of a wide variety of plants, including sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings
  • Monitor and maintain plant health, including watering, feeding, and pruning
  • Help manage pests and diseases, ensuring healthy growing conditions
  • Propagation -  Learn and assist with plant propagation techniques, such as seeding, cuttings and grafting
  • Maintenance of Nursery Facilities -  Assist in the day-to-day operations of the nursery, including soil mixing, potting and maintaining cleanliness and organization of all nursery areas, tools, and equipment
  • Participate in the organisation and maintenance of polytunnels and outdoor growing areas
  • Inventory Management - Manage and track plant inventory, including restocking and labelling
  • Plant knowledge - You will learn a deep understanding of different plant species, their specific needs and best practices for their care
  • Customer Service and Sales - Interact with customers, answering questions, assist and offer advice on plant selection and provide information regarding care requirements. Support the sales team during peak times, ensuring excellent customer service and handling transactions
  • Safety - Adhere to safety protocols and guidelines to ensure a safe working environment for yourself and your colleagues

The training you will be getting

This is a level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship that includes the following mandatory qualifications:

  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (1 Day course-Ofqual registered qualification)
  • LANTRA Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides or C&G Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
  • LANTRA Level 2 Award in Safe Application of Pesticides Using Hand-Held Equipment or C&G Level 2 Award in Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand-Held Equipment
  • An apprentice is expected to attend college at least 1 day a week at the Botanical Garden Study Centre
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Completing a plant nursery assistant apprenticeship can provide you with the valuable skills and knowledge in horticulture and plant care. After successfully completing the apprenticeship, you will be well prepared to pursue various job opportunities within our business and beyond

Roles within our Group include:

  • Nursery Team Leader
  • Landscaper
  • Contracts Assistant
  • Landscape Designer
  • Horticultural Technician
  • Plant Sales Representative
  • Horticulture Buyer

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Basic knowledge of plant care, Willingness to learn


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

As part of this apprenticeship, you will be required to travel to both the employer location and also attend college (in most cases). Please ensure that you have researched your travel arrangements and are happy with the time it will take and distance required to travel, before you apply for this vacancy.

About the employer

Jack Moody Landscaping and Civil Engineering Ltd is part of Jack Moody Holdings plc based at Hollybush Farm, Shareshill. With over 60 years in business Jack Moody Holdings plc have established themselves as leading experts in the construction and maintenance of living landscapes. Through our subsidiary companies we provide both trade and individual customers with a variety of award winning horticultural, civil engineering, maintenance and recycling solutions. Our businesses include one of the UK’s largest garden centres and industry renowned Jack Moody Landscaping and Civil Engineering Limited.







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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


BMet Recruitment Team

0121 362 1121

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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