Apprentice Gardener Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Apprentice Gardener will assist in the care, maintenance and development of turf and horticultural features within cemeteries and memorial, under guidance from the Head Gardener. Duties include turf culture, pruning, soil management, planting, pest control, machinery operation and maintenance, tree care, and the care of ornamental features

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Closing date: 26 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    24 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Undertake practical horticultural maintenance, renovation work and caretaking duties. This includes turf care, edging, hedge cutting, weeding, pruning
  • Responsible for the safe operation, care, day to day maintenance of work equipment to a manufacturers guidance and reporting any issues to their Line Manager
  • Familiar with and competent in undertaking several routine administrative duties, including the use of IT and smart phones
  • Actively engages and work with other teams in the Region to deliver consistent standards across UKNA
  • Acts as a representation of the Commission at all times, including at CWGC held events at the cemetery
  • Providing advice and other information to Cemetery Visitors/members of the public, helping them locate war graves
  • Undertakes any other duties which may reasonably be regarded as within the nature of the role
  • Contributes to UKNA projects, tasks and working groups, as required
  • Required to complete all training of the Level 2 Horticulture Apprenticeship

The training you will be getting

  • Horticulture and Landscaping Technical Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional skills if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship, the candidate is welcome to apply to open vacancies within the Organisation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Team working, Creative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

You will be able to demonstrate a passion for the work and to complete an Apprenticeship with us – we will fully support you with your studies.

About the employer

The CWGC is a highly respected, prestigious, global Organisation that honours and cares for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Funded by six Commonwealth Member Governments, we build and maintain memorials and cemeteries at 23,000 locations, in 150 countries, including some of the world’s most iconic, landmark monuments. Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told. We offer a unique and rewarding working environment.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Cannock Case German Military Cemetery, 116 Old Road, Armitage


WS15 4BU

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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

Horticulture and landscaping technical manager

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 26 May 2024