Horticulture Landscape Apprentice SCANDOR LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR LTD

Landscape Construction Apprentice – working as part of a team delivering a wide range of landscape construction projects. The works are primarily commercial work for public sector clients. Work on playgrounds such as installation of play equipment, safety surface installations and park furniture.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £15,470.00

    • Weekly wage £297.50

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 4.30pm/16.30 Assuming an 18+years apprentice. Hours will be reviewed for younger applicants Total hours per week: 42.50 (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

    Total hours per week: 42.5

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000248495

  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As part of our ongoing development and expansion, we are seeking a Landscape Construction Apprentice to join our team to work on both hard and soft landscape construction projects.

Scandor undertakes work for a wide range of mainly commercial clients, such as local authorities, county councils, parish councils, schools, and main contractors. The private client work is large scale projects and would be on site for weeks.

Tasks will be wide ranging, including but not limited to groundwork, such as:

  • Excavations to form levels
  • Putting in membranes and gravels
  • Form work for concrete features
  • Paving, kerbing and walling
  • Fencing and decking
  • Grading works together with drainage and top soiling
  • Work on playgrounds such as installation of play equipment, safety surface installations and park furniture  

Soft landscape works will involve: 

  • Tree and shrub planting, which can include semi-mature trees
  • Seeding, turfing, mulching
  • The candidate will be subject to satisfactory progression and will operate plant and equipment such as diggers and dumpers once they attain the relevant training and certificate which will be provided by the company

You will be required to learn about horticulture, including:

  • Plant identification and nomenclature - botanic and common names
  • Plant growth and plant health
  • Soil science and cultivation
  • Environment protection

The training you will be getting

You will attend Sparsholt College on a day release basis during term time.

Training to be provided

  • Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Abrasive wheels
  • Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 before taking the end-point assessment

Apprentices will need to achieve the EPA's to achieve their apprenticeship:

  • On-line knowledge assessment - a 60-minute online test containing 40 multiple choice questions
  • Practical assessment EPA - a range of 4 practical activities taking no more than six hours undertaken in controlled conditions with responses to verbal questioning from the Independent End Point Assessor
  • The apprentice will undertake three tasks core tasks and one task from the optional route - Horticulture or Landscaping
  • Professional Discussion EPA - An hour-long professional discussion under controlled conditions between the EPA and the apprentice to allow the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge

You will be required to attend Sparsholt College on a day release basis to learn about horticulture, to include:

  • Health & Safety
  • Use and maintain non-powered and handheld powered equipment
  • Use and maintain pedestrian-controlled equipment
  • Environment protection
  • Plant identification and nomenclature - Latin and common
  • Vegetation control
  • Soil science and cultivation
  • Plant establish & maintenance
  • Plant grown
  • Plant health
  • Establish and maintain amenity areas
  • Survey and mark out sites for landscaping features
  • Construct hard landscape features
  • Maintain hard landscape features

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Landscape Operative initially but potential to lead to a Team Leader role (Foreperson)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

• DBS check undertaken by Scandor on all employees • Limited bus service to main base and would need their own transport to get to and from work • This is a physically demanding role where you will be required to work outdoors in all weathers

About the employer

Established in 1973, Scandor have come far from modest beginnings as a two-man operation. Forty years later, and we’re now a flourishing landscaping contracting company which serves a diverse range of clients, including homeowners, commercial businesses, and local authorities, to name but a few. From small planting projects and private back gardens, to large scale business parks and local amenities, Scandor have played a part in many types of venture. We pride ourselves on our strong partnership with our customers, listening closely to their requirements to deliver products that are perfectly tailored to every individual or business.

Employer

SCANDOR LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR LTD

Address

HENSTING LANE

FISHERS POND

NR EASTLEIGH

SO50 7HH

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Training

Training provider

SPARSHOLT COLLEGE

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

Contact

Karen Jackson

karen.jackson@sparsholtservices.ac.uk

01962 797452

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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