The job will be varied. Looking after Herbaceous Borders, Shrubs and trees. Lawn care weeding and feeding. Learning how to grow all types of fruit and vegetables. Walled garden management. Parkland care and maintenance including wildflowers. You will be trained in a variety of machinery use and put through additional training such as chainsaw use.

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Closing date: 06 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    8 hours per day Mon - Fri - this will include day release to college during term time. Start times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    14 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Our client is looking for a trustworthy, experienced and enthusiastic person to work as part of a team to ensure the smooth running of all aspects of the garden.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a newly designed garden and put your own stamp on this great project with the guidance and mentoring of an experienced head gardener. The gardening work will include maintenance of the newly designed and built garden at Baughurst and Malthouse and the wider parkland. Watering and care of the newly planted parkland trees will be essential in the first 24 months of employment along with other duties including establishing the new gardens. In due course, as a new garden is built, the role will expand to include maintenance of the new garden.

The position is generally full-time Monday to Friday but there may be occasional weekend work and the applicants will need to be flexible.


The following provides a brief summary of the duties involved in this post, but it should not be regarded as an exhaustive list:

  • Cutting and maintaining lawns
  • Pruning trees and shrubs
  • Flower border management
  • Vegetable growing
  • Greenhouse management
  • Leaf clearance
  • Watering of plants and trees
  • Pest control

Working with the head gardener on any other duties as may be required from time to time within the general scope of the post.


The training you will be getting

  • Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (Ofqual registered) minimum 1-day course
  • Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides OR City and Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides
  • Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticide Using Hand Held Equipment OR City and Guilds Level 2 Award In The Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment
    Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths must 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 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
  • Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

To be part of the team on the estate and grow into the Head Gardener role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, An interest in horticulture, Self motivated, An interest in learning, reliable and flexible


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C (4) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C (4) or above) Essential
Other Driving Licence (Grade Full) Essential

Things to consider

This is a physically demanding role where you will be required to work outdoors in all weathers. For insurance purposes and due to the location of the Estate and lack of public transport a driving licence and own transport will be required.

About the employer

We are a private estate looking for the next generation to look after this estate.




Baughurst House

Pound Green, Baughurst


RG26 5SS

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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


Karen Jackson

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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