Horticulture Level 2 Apprentice Harringe Plants

Harringe Plants is a family run business. They are looking for an individual to work in the nursery within the garden centre, who has an interest in horticulture and wants to develop their knowledge and skills. You will be involved in growing the plants for sale including seeding, potting and general plant care.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

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

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. Overtime is available but not required.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    28 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The apprentice will be working in the nursery within the garden centre establishing and growing plants for sale. You will be responsible for:

  • Identifying and caring for a range of plants
  • Seeding a variety of plants including vegetables
  • Using propagation techniques to grow plants
  • Maintaining plant health including controlling pest and disorders
  • Dealing with customer enquiries in the garden centre
  • Safely operating tools and equipment.
  • Complying with health and safety policies

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 standards:

  • 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

  • Harringe Plants will look to keep you on as a permanent employee on completion of your apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

There is no direct public transport to the workplace location therefore consider travel arrangements prior to applying to this role.

About the employer

Harringe Plants is a family run nursery and garden centre; growing and selling a range of plants.


Harringe Plants





TN25 6EQ

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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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