Apprentice Resource Assistant SELBY TOWN COUNCIL

• Carrying out work, at all properties and lands owned/maintained by Selby Town Council • To support and assist in its upkeep and running of the Cemetery and its related services • To support and assist in repair and maintenance of Town Council owned property • To assist and support in the care and maintenance of other land and property

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Closing date: 19 Jul 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

    37 hours per week, Monday to Friday, may work additional hours

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    14 Oct 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Carry out general and designated tasks to assist with work in the grounds,  landscaped areas, gardens, allotment areas and open spaces of all buildings and properties owned or managed by the Town Council. This includes (but not exclusively) grass cutting, hedge trimming, clearing leaves, litter, green planting and plant maintenance as well as general outside maintenance work
  • Regularly inspect play equipment and surrounding fences and gardens for defects or vandalism and to make any repairs that fall within the capabilities of Town Council staff and equipment
  • Carry out regular pruning of shrubs, weeding of beds and containers, bulb planting, path edging, weed spraying etc to ensure that plants are kept in good condition and paths and vehicle routes are safe and free from weeds
  • Ensure that appropriate safety equipment and rules are followed when working with all machinery and chemicals
  • Follow the recommended guidelines for using all equipment including working with other members of the team where appropriate
  • Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of all Town Council owned or maintained property including bus shelters, public seats, litter bins, fences, hedges, memorials etc to ensure their safety and longevity
  • Ensure that any workwear and protective equipment provided is maintained in a safe and careful manner and to report any damage to such equipment immediately to your Line Manager
  • Ensure that any tools and other mechanical equipment provided to carry out the role are used safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and that any defect or damage is reported immediately to your Line Manager
  • Use Town Council tools and equipment in a safe manner and to clean and maintain such equipment before and after use to ensure its safety for your personal use and that of other members of the Resource Team and all Town Council staff
  • Provide general assistance with all the tasks required at the Cemetery which is owned, run and maintained by the Council to ensure all services provided are of the best quality and the appearance of the Cemetery is kept to a high standard
  • Work as directed by your Line Manager to provide a sensitive and high-quality service in all aspects of the work involved in the burial of the dead
  • Assist with grave digging by hand (where necessary) and work with the necessary safety equipment provided and ensure safe working within the team as directed by your Line Manager and laid down within the safety guidelines drawn up by the Town Council
  • Carry out the tasks outlined in the General Maintenance and Repair section in this job description within the Cemetery grounds to ensure the grass, hedges, trees and planting are kept tidy and safe for all users and visitors
  • Deal sympathetically with all members of the public who visit the Cemetery and offer any help and assistance possible or ensure that details of who to contact at the Town Council is provided so their enquiries can be dealt with
  • If appropriate to assist at the graveside when burials are taking place and work with funeral directors and memorial masons to ensure the smooth running of any ceremonies taking place.  Suitable training, support and appropriate clothing will be provided if necessary
  • Operate powered hand tools and plant as required.  Additional training will be provided if requested
  • Be responsible for your own health and safety and ensure the proper safety of all Council employees whilst at work as prescribed by health and safety legislation

The training you will be getting

  • You will study a L2 Horticulture and Landscape standard with functional skills (if required) with Askham Bryan College at York
  • The course will be delivered on a block release basis with attendance at York campus as timetabled
  • You will build a portfolio of evidence and be assessed on completion by Lantra
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

May lead to a permanent position for the right candidate.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Ability to work alone, Prioritise work & meet targets


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

Things to consider

This position will involve working outdoors in all weathers. Lifting and carrying heavy loads may be involved.

About the employer

This position will be responsible to the Facilities Manager








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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


Mrs G Bell

01757 708449

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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