Horticulture Apprentice Crop Technician BINSTED NURSERY LIMITED

You will learn all aspects of growing a successful crop, including general care, watering, feeding, monitoring and adjusting the growing environment. As part of the apprenticeship, you will undertake the relevant training on plant protection to allow you to undertake crop spraying and the application of biological controls.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £11.44 an hour for 18-year-olds and over, £8.56 an hour for 16 - 17-year-olds

  • Working week

    Mon-Thu 8:00am- 4:45pm Fri 8:00am-3:45pm Overtime as needed during the week and some weekends during peak despatch times in the spring. Weekend Watering Duties on a rota basis. Overtime paid hours above 39.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Maintaining crops weed, pest and disease free
  • Regular crop walking for pest and disease monitoring
  • Ensuring correct environmental control is monitored, including watering and venting
  • Ensuring cultural activities are carried out to stated timescales and to an agreed standard, including trimming, weeding, feeding, moving, and spacing
  • Communicating the availability of areas for Crop Protection applications.

The training you will be getting

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
  • Qualification achieved: Crop technician, Level 3

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Grower
  • Production Team Leader / Supervisor
  • Growing Technician

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Team working, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade 3/D or above) Essential

Things to consider

Role involves working outside or under protected greenhouse structures where temperatures fluctuate with ambient weather conditions through the year. Need to be reasonably fit as role involves pulling hose reels and walking around large sites. All crops are grown on the floor, regular bending to undertake essential tasks.

About the employer

Binsted Nurseries LLP, part of the Tristram Plants and Farplants Group. We are a market leading, customer focussed organisation, producing and supplying high quality potted herbs, bulbs and ornamental garden plants to the wholesale market. Binsted Nursery was founded in 1978. We are based in West Sussex with 3 production sites.




Binsted Nursery

Lake Lane


PO22 0AL

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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

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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