Apprentice Nursery Worker Frank P Matthews Ltd

This role will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be successful at our and other nurseries. You will be trained in various skill sets across our business allowing you, once you complete your training be able to lead a career in horticulture.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £8.60 per hour plus £9.60 Overtime

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 07.30 - 17.00. Friday, 07.30 - 12.45. Overtime as required, Friday 13.45 - 16.00. Saturday, 07.30 - 11.00.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

A tree production role based in two departments over a two year period. 

Working within a team under a supervisor who will also train you in the various aspects of the job including the use of pesticides.

As your time with us progresses you will be given more challenging tasks which will enable you to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of the role.

Following your successful completion of the course you will have the opportunity to request to work in whichever area of the business which you feel suits your strengths.

The role includes:

  • Being responsible for optimising crop/plant yields through establishment
  • Management, harvest and post-harvest operations
  • Maintaining and improving the surrounding environment
  •  Keeping up to date with technological advances and new innovations

The training you will be getting

Qualifications achieved: Crop Technician level 3

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 or equivalent 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

  • Long term employment opportunity with good pay progression.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English & Maths (Grade Grades A-D, 9 - 3) Essential

Things to consider

The role will be primarily based outdoors throughout the year.

About the employer

We are the UK’s largest grower of fruit and ornamental trees. A family owned business supplying high quality trees to a wide range of customers and sectors.


Frank P Matthews Ltd





WR15 8TH

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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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