Horticultural Crop Technician Apprentice WALBERTON NURSERY LIMITED

You will learn all aspects of production from propagation to despatch, including general care, watering, feeding, crop monitoring. You will undertake training on crop protection, allowing you to recognise and manage common pests and diseases through the application of biological controls and chemical crop spraying.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Paid on an hourly salary basis + overtime based on qualifying hours (see shift pattern). Total annual hours of 2028.

  • Working week

    Nov-Feb (Mon-Fri 0830-1545) 32.5hr/week. Mar-Jun (Mon-Thu 0730-1715 Fri 0730-1615 Sat 0800-1200) 44hr/week. Jul-Oct (Mon-Thu 0800-1645 Fri 0800-1545) 39hr/week. Note working hours for young persons are adjusted according to regulation.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

General nursery tasks, which may include all or some of the following:

  • Despatch work: selecting, traying up, collecting, preparing plants for despatch, labelling, packing, and cling wrapping, assembly of Danish trolleys
  • Potting: machine potting, planting, setting plants down, supplying machine with pots and plants. Hand potting of young plants or final pots
  • Plant care: trimming, weeding, caning, and tying, watering using hose and lance
  • Propagation: filling trays, collecting, preparing, and sticking in the cuttings
  • Mini-tractor driving: including transportation of plants and Danish trolleys
  • Nursery hygiene: including disposal of dead or diseased plants and cleaning of growing areas
  • Maintenance: assisting with work on nursery structures, roads and facilities
  • Any other duties as requested by your Team Leader, Supervisor or Manager
  • Ensuring that Health and Safety procedures are adhered to throughout and Risk Assessments followed

The training you will be getting

Crop Technician Level 3 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.

Blended on/off the job training and location to be confirmed.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Crop Protection
  • Production Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Crop Grower

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Role involves working inside and outside in all weathers and where temperatures can be extreme. The role requires a reasonable level of fitness and mobility, you will be required to lift and carry and walk around large areas. As plants are grown on the floor the role will require a great deal of bending over to undertake essential tasks. Those aged 16 and 17 will be on a young workers rate of £8.50 per hour

About the employer

Walberton Nursery is part of the Tristram Plants and Farplants group. A market leading customer focussed group producing and supplying high quality container grown perennials and shrubs to the wholesale market. Walberton Nursery was founded in 1973, based in West Sussex with two production sites.




Walberton Nursery

Yapton Lane


BN18 0AS

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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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