Apprentice Gardener/ Soft Landscaper

HEDGEHOGS GARDEN SERVICES LIMITED

WOKINGHAM, RG41 1LJ

Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 20 June 2024


Summary

Apprentice gardener required for a ground's maintenance business, based south of Reading. The tasks you will be involved with include grass cutting, high quality hedge cutting and pruning, leaf collection, tree pruning, planting, landscaping.

Annual wage
£14,560 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Horticulture or landscape construction operative (level 2)
Hours
Monday to Friday - 8.00am-4.30pm. Some flexibility may be required if a client needs an earlier start.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 5 August

Duration

2 Years

Positions available

1

Work

As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • Level 2 Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • One day a week at the BCA campus for practical hands-on and theory-based activities
  • An assessor will visit you at workplace every 8-10 weeks.
  • Level 3 First Aid at Work

Where you’ll work

155 READING ROAD

WOKINGHAM

RG41 1LJ

Training

An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation

THE WINDSOR FOREST COLLEGES GROUP

Your training course

Horticulture or landscape construction operative (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • (Core) Apply health and safety processes and procedures including risk assessments and or construction design management (CDM), manual handling, legislative requirements and organisational policies. Follow safe systems of work and safety information in line with employer requirements or site context (for example clearing their route before transporting materials).
  • (Core) Apply environmental mitigation measures including storage and disposal of waste, for example sorting materials for recycling or composting, acting in compliance with legal requirements, organisational policies and pollution controls.
  • (Core) Select, undertake a pre start check, set up, clean, store and safely operate tools, equipment and machinery (including pedestrian controlled and handheld) in line with current legislation and business policies.
  • (Core) Communicate with technical (for example supervisors or managers) and non-technical audiences (for example clients or the public) using language appropriate to the audience.
  • (Core) Identify plants commonly grown in the UK by scientific names including genus species and or cultivar.
  • (Core) Maintain the correct phytosanitary and bio-security procedures for the site, in accordance with legal requirements.
  • (Core) Identify and report symptoms and or signs of commonly found UK plant pests, pathogens and disorders.
  • (Core) Maintain plant health for example providing for basic needs such as water, nutrition (either organic or inorganic), light.
  • (Core) Cultivate, improve and preserve soils by mechanical methods and or by hand including amelioration and mulching (these might be imported or natural).
  • (Core) Clear unwanted vegetation, selecting techniques to be used (for example weeding).
  • (Core) Remove unwanted or damaged growth from plants using a pruning cut.
  • (Core) Plant shrubs and a tree using a simple tree pit.
  • (Core) Install turf for situation.
  • (Core) Mow turf using pedestrian controlled powered driven mower.
  • (Core) Maintain or protect hard surfaces, features or structures for example painting, re-gravelling, removing weeds from paving, drain clearance, cleaning.
  • (Core) Use digital tools and techniques for research, collaboration, continuous professional development and resolution of problems.
  • (Landscape construction) Measure and set out an uncomplicated site in preparation for landscape construction activities.
  • (Landscape construction) Use free hand cutting and or bench cutting of hard landscape materials using abrasive wheels.
  • (Landscape construction) Repair constructed landscape features (simple and noncomplex) for example re-grouting, re-sanding, damaged fencing.
  • (Landscape construction) Construct paved feature for example path, patio or shed base. Including setting levels, sub bases, laying bases, finishing.
  • (Landscape construction) Construct vertical landscape features including fences, ornamental vertical features, and walls.
  • (Landscape construction) Install drainage in landscaping.
  • (Landscape construction) Construct horizontal landscape features (excluding paving).
  • (Horticulture) Propagate plants by cuttings and seed sowing (this might be indoors or outdoors). Including selection of suitable growing media and or soil.
  • (Horticulture) Provide aftercare to recently installed turf and maintain established turf or species rich meadows including irrigation, maintenance, monitoring health and protection from use.
  • (Horticulture) Identify if plants are suitable to site, purpose and aesthetics.
  • (Horticulture) Maintain soft landscapes for example - staking or support, division, seasonal clearance, and re-planting.
  • (Horticulture) Monitor and control plant pests, pathogens, and disorders using basic control methods (including application of chemicals or organic equivalents).
  • (Horticulture) Plant herbaceous and seasonal planting (for example bedding, herbs or bulbs).
  • (Horticulture) Prune plants to achieve healthy growth and form (including natural habit and formal or trained form).
  • (Core) Apply health and safety processes and procedures including risk assessments and or construction design management (CDM), manual handling, legislative requirements and organisational policies. Follow safe systems of work and safety information in line with employer requirements or site context (for example clearing their route before transporting materials).
  • (Core) Apply environmental mitigation measures including storage and disposal of waste, for example sorting materials for recycling or composting, acting in compliance with legal requirements, organisational policies and pollution controls.
  • (Core) Select, undertake a pre start check, set up, clean, store and safely operate tools, equipment and machinery (including pedestrian controlled and handheld) in line with current legislation and business policies.
  • (Core) Communicate with technical (for example supervisors or managers) and non-technical audiences (for example clients or the public) using language appropriate to the audience.
  • (Core) Identify plants commonly grown in the UK by scientific names including genus species and or cultivar.
  • (Core) Maintain the correct phytosanitary and bio-security procedures for the site, in accordance with legal requirements.
  • (Core) Identify and report symptoms and or signs of commonly found UK plant pests, pathogens and disorders.
  • (Core) Maintain plant health for example providing for basic needs such as water, nutrition (either organic or inorganic), light.
  • (Core) Cultivate, improve and preserve soils by mechanical methods and or by hand including amelioration and mulching (these might be imported or natural).
  • (Core) Clear unwanted vegetation, selecting techniques to be used (for example weeding).
  • (Core) Remove unwanted or damaged growth from plants using a pruning cut.
  • (Core) Plant shrubs and a tree using a simple tree pit.
  • (Core) Install turf for situation.
  • (Core) Mow turf using pedestrian controlled powered driven mower.
  • (Core) Maintain or protect hard surfaces, features or structures for example painting, re-gravelling, removing weeds from paving, drain clearance, cleaning.
  • (Core) Use digital tools and techniques for research, collaboration, continuous professional development and resolution of problems.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.

    Requirements

    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade C / 4 or above)
    • Maths (grade C / 4 or above)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.

    Skills

    • Communication skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Initiative

    Other requirements

    You will be working outside in all weathers (waterproof clothing provided). You need to be of a polite nature as you will communicate with customers. Possible early starts and time keeping is essential.

    About this company

    We are a Family run business based in Wokingham, Berkshire serving the Woodley, Twyford, Bracknell, Ascot and surrounding areas. We provide a friendly, personal and professional gardening service to suit your individual needs. Hedgehogs Garden Services was started in August 2007 by the Johnson family in Woodley Berkshire. After providing areas within Berkshire for 10 years they decided to relocate to Canada in May 2018. At this time the Company changed ownership and moved just down the road to Wokingham where it is now based. Striving to keep the great personal service that it has always provided, Hedgehogs continues to produce outstanding work within the local community. From your one-off grass cut to a full landscape project we have got it covered. Please view our gallery of recent works and testimonials. We always provide no-obligation quotes with no hidden extras.

    http://www.hedgehogs-gardening.co.uk (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • 2 Year plan - full-time position available to the right candidate upon completion of apprenticeship
    • 3 year plan - Advanced Training (Chainsaws,Chippers,Ride on Mowers, Diggers, Dumpers, Telehandler Licence)
    • 5 year plan - To be part of the expansion of the business becoming a team leader or supervisor

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:

    THE WINDSOR FOREST COLLEGES GROUP

    Priya Gill

    Priya.Gill@windsor-forest.ac.uk

    01753 443855

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000259533.

    Apply now

    Closes in 10 days (Wednesday 31 July at 11:59pm)

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