Horticultural Apprentice - Crop Technician/Production The Bransford Webbs Plant Company

Excellent opportunity for a keen and enthusiastic person to join our team of horticulturists and follow a career in commercial ornamental plant production. The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, situated between Worcester and Malvern, are one of the UK’s leading nurseries supplying approx. 2 million plants per year to Garden Centres across the UK.

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Closing date: 14 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    We pay all apprentices the National Living Wage regardless of age, currently £11.44 per hour (from April 2024). Overtime is paid at 1 ½ times. Apprentices are automatically enrolled onto company bonus scheme which is profit related and paid annually.

  • Working week

    Autumn/Winter hrs 8.00 – 4.30 Monday – Thursday, 8.00am – 3.30pm on a Friday Spring/Summer hrs 7.00am - 3.30pm and Monday – Thursday, 7.00am - 2.30pm on a Friday

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

During the two years, the apprentice will gain experience in all areas of the nursery including

  • Propagation
  • Young Plants 
  • Potting (Machine)
  • Feeding 
  • Irrigation
  • Plant Growth & Development 
  • Pest & Disease Control
  • Quality Control
  • Despatch

The training you will be getting

Crop Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

Level 2 Awards in:

  • Safe Use of Pesticides

On completion of the pesticides foundation unit above also choose one of the following units:

  • Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self-propelled equipment
  • Granular applicator equipment
  • Handheld applicator equipment
  • Level 3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths (GCSE grade 4 or C or above) will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Potential full-time position upon successful completion of qualification and proven work commitment

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent MATHS and ENGLISH (Grade Grades A-D, 9 - 3) Essential

Things to consider

Position requires working in all seasons, and some tasks can be physically demanding.

About the employer

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is one of the leading growers of ornamental plants in the UK. We are a wholesale nursery based in Worcestershire, supplying new and innovative plant promotions to garden centres across the UK.


The Bransford Webbs Plant Company





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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

Apprenticeship standard

Crop technician

Level 3 (A level)

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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