This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with an interest in horticulture to learn more and gain experience in grounds maintenance and landscaping. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an established Senior Gardener. You’ll be helping to maintain the employer's beautiful grounds.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8am-4pm

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    7 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

This role will include a range of horticultural tasks to enhance and conserve the grounds. You'll be involved in landscaping and general maintenance of the gardens, along with the planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants. You’ll be supporting the Senior Gardener with maintaining and scarifying the lawns and managing hedges around the estate. You’ll ensure that the grounds inspire employees and guests alike from the moment they enter the driveway!

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

The employer will look to keep you on as a permenant employee upon completion of your apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Team working, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

The vacancy will involve working outdoors in different weather conditions.

About the employer

McCann Manchester are a Creative agency spread across eight acres of countryside in Cheshire, and the rumours are true, they also have office cats, a bistro and gym all on-site. Our stunning campus includes large landscaped grounds and allotments / greenhouses.




Bonis Hall Prestbury

Macclesfield Cheshire

SK10 4EF

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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


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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