This is great opportunity to build on your horticultural skills with a highly experienced Head Gardener. You will be part of a team of gardeners, with the opportunity to learn a wide and varied range of skills. The successful candidate will be working at a prestigious family-owned estate so confidentiality and discretion is paramount.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £10 per hour. 30 days paid holiday per year, this includes bank holidays.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 08.00 to 17.00. Duties will also include rotational watering during the summer months.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    28 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Although you will be working with the Head Gardener there is an element of independent working and supporting the Head Gardener with more skilled tasks and duties. You will be part of a team of gardeners, there is an orchard, meadow, small lake, water gardens, flower gardens, glasshouses and vegetable gardens, hedge layers, as well as Gamekeepers.

The right candidate should be able to know when a flower bed needs weeding or to have the motivation to pull out the occasional weed without needing to be told.

We are looking for someone who takes pride in their appearance and communicates well. We require someone who also has a healthy respect for machinery and equipment and their surroundings.

Duties to include:

  • Kitchen gardening
  • Weeding
  • Preparing flower beds for planting
  • Edging
  • Hedge work
  • Dead heading
  • Pruning
  • Lifting
  • Mowing
  • Watering
  • Scarifying, etc.
  • Servicing machinery (to be taught as part of the apprenticeship)
  • Using machinery such as mowers, rotovators and more
  • To be involved in future garden development projects
  • Pest and disease control
  • Sowing and growing
  • Picking produce
  • Rotational weekend watering during summer months

Please note that the right candidate should be keen and passionate about horticulture. The Estate Team are keen to share their knowledge and will allow you to develop into the role and take on more.

  • Free Pa1 and First Aid cert.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides
  • Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticide Using Hand Held Equipment
  • One day a week for theory and practical in Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Possible full-time role upon completion of the apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, Ability to follow instruction, Seek for clarification


GCSE or equivalent English and math (Grade C/4 or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

This role will be linked to Berkshire College of Agriculture. You will be required to attend college weekly. Please check how you will travel to college and the workplace. Due to location, a clean GB Driving License preferred but not essential.

About the employer

A country estate in the heart of the Hambleden Valley.


Huttons Farm


Huttons Farm




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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


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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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