Grounds Maintenance / Gardening Apprentice THREE COUNTIES AGRICULTURAL SOC

Our client are looking for two apprentices to join their Estates Team. You will get involved in all aspects of showground life, including mowing, strimming, hedge trimming, garden and plant maintenance, repair of hard structures, and site maintenance. You will assist with the build-up and breakdown of our shows, including the RHS Spring Festival.

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Closing date: 26 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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, 8.00am - 4.30pm(including 30 minutes unpaid lunch break)

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Apr 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

You will be working in the Estates Team, reporting to the Head Gardener. The work involves being outdoors throughout the year and through all types of weather to maintain the showground to the highest standards. With over 90 acres of showground to manage in our 350 acre estate, 3 permanent feature gardens and over 70 events throughout the year, life at the showground is fast-paced and fun.

You will be responsible for a range of horticultural and grounds maintenance tasks including but not limited to:

  • Grounds maintenance e.g., mowing, strimming and hedge trimming
  • Garden maintenance 
  • Plant establishment and care
  • Repair hard landscaping structures
  • Set-up and break-down of structures for shows 

The training you will be getting

Your training will be provided by both your employer and the Grey Seal Academy. All training is delivered face to face at the workplace either on site or videoconferencing; this includes x1 training session and x1 coaching session per month.  

You will have access to an online portfolio and virtual learning environment to assist your training and assessment during your programme. During the Apprenticeship you will learn the following topics:

  • Communication; communicating with others, including clients, the public and colleagues. This may require basic IT system use
  • Team working; work alone and as part of a team effectively and recognise how all staff are dependent on each other to meet business objectives
  • Health and safety; apply relevant health and safety processes and procedures. Implement specific industry information on hazards relevant to horticultural environments
  • Follow safe systems of work and safety information provided by employers. Implement environmental protection policies and procedures
  • Environmental; prevent and control local pollution incidents e.g. use of spill kits
  • Planting, plant growth and development; care for plants correctly in different environments, including basic irrigation methods, planting methods and identifying plant deficiencies
  • Install various soft-landscape materials e.g. shrubs, trees, herbaceous, bedding, grass areas and seed. This will include site preparation, planting, sowing, turfing, preparation of seed beds and mulching
  • Soil cultivation; cultivating and improving soils by mechanical methods and by hand; making and amelioration of growing media and soils
  • Tools, equipment and machinery; safely use tools e.g. spades, rakes, shovels; equipment e.g. tape measure and spirit level and machinery e.g. pedestrian controlled mowers, hand held strimmer, hedgecutter
  • Vegetation control; following processes and methods of site clearance, using tools and machinery for pruning and vegetation control, including basic turf management
  • Follow weed control methods
  • Propagation
  • Site presentation; work to a specified finish

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship you will gain the following qualifications and standards:

  • Horticulture Operative Level 2 Standard
  • Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3
  • Awrd in Principles of Safe use of Pesticides Level 2
  • Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticide Using Hand Held Equipment
  • Functional Skills in mathematics Level 1 / 2 (if applicable)
  • Functional Skills in English Level 1 / 2 (if applicable)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • There is the potential of being taken on a full-time role after the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Presentation skills, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade D / 3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade D / 3) Essential

About the employer

The organisation has over 90 acres of showground to manage in a 350 acre estate, 3 permanent feature gardens and over 70 events throughout the year, working life at the showground is fast-paced and fun. The organisation put on a range of events including RHS Spring Festival, food and drink festivals, fairs, dog shows, pony club games and many more.







WR13 6NW

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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


Holly Lee-Crick

01773 829121

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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