Horticulture Level 2 Apprentice THAME TOWN COUNCIL FAO - TOWN CLERK

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the wonderful town. This role will see the successful candidate working with the Town Council’s maintenance team, enabling the post holder to gain experience across all areas of grounds work. You'll be responsible for grounds care and horticultural tasks including supporting outdoor projects.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice National Minimum Wage for 2024 £12,313.60 for first year and up to £21,510.32 for the second year depending on age.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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  • Working week

    Summer hours (1 June – 30 Sept) are 7.00am – 3.00pm (Mon – Thurs) and 7.00am – 2.30pm on Fridays Winter hours (1 Oct – 30 May) are 8.00am – 4.00pm (Mon – Thurs) and 8.00am – 3.30pm on Fridays Opportunity for overtime at weekends during the summer.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To learn how to operate and maintain a wide range of grounds maintenance tools and machinery.
  • To learn how to identify and carry out play equipment repairs and fixing replacement parts.
  • Making safe damage and taping off equipment out of use.
  • Repainting where necessary and general maintenance.
  • To learn how to carry out monthly play area inspections.
  • To perform a wide range of grounds care tasks such as mowing (subject to age and possession of a current drivers’ licence), strimming and litter picking.
  • To perform a range of horticultural tasks as required, including weeding, feeding, planting, pruning, sowing, hedge cutting and watering of beds and hanging baskets.
  • To carry out ad-hoc repairs including painting to Council owned buildings.
  • General housekeeping of the Town Council depot and vehicles.
  • Posting and removal of notices from play area notice boards.
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the post that may be required by the Operations Manager or Maintenance Supervisor.
  • To play a flexible role as part of a small team to ensure the smooth running of the daily operational services.
  • To successfully complete apprenticeship training by meeting regularly with your apprenticeship assessors and internal verifier, travelling to training when required and completing all assessments material in a timely fashion.

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 standard:

  • Horticulture Operative Level 2 Standard
  • Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3
  • 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

Possibility of progressing to a higher-level apprenticeship or permenant employment within the organisation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Physical fitness, Flexible


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Desired

Things to consider

The vacancy does involve working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, manual handling and early working hours.

About the employer

Thame Town Council is the parish authority for Thame, which has a population in excess of 12,500. We are committed to representing the people of Thame and providing many key local services. We have a team of 16 councilors and 16 members of staff who work in partnership with local residents to preserve the town’s unique heritage and dynamic future. By working together we hope to make Thame an even better place to live, work and enjoy.








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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


Sophie Masters



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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