Apprentice Landscaper 4TH D LANDSCAPE SERVICES LTD

4th D Landscape Services has an exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Landscaper who may be someone fresh out of education or looking for a change of career. All types of work experience will be considered – don’t underestimate your transferable skills.

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Closing date: 19 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary review after 6 months

  • Working week

    Working hours between 7.30am and 5.30pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Starting immediately your duties may include:

Hardscaping skills

  • Assisting in the carrying out of landscaping work including the construction, creation and repair of paths, steps, paved areas, walls, fences, ponds, garden sheds etc
  • Undertaking general constructional work including fencing, decking, re-surfacing of footways and drives and other work of a similar nature.
  • Preparation for landscape construction and cleaning debris

Ground Maintenance skills

  • Maintaining gardens e.g. grass mowing, edging, litter picking, general pruning, sweeping, and maintenance of plant borders, and plant displays, hanging baskets, etc.
  • Assisting with the maintenance and development of ornamental areas including planting, pruning and hedge work.
  • Arranging and planting trees, shrubs, plants and bedding.

Christmas tree installation

  • Installing and de-stalling, lighting and dressing Christmas trees for a variety of high-end clients across the country

Health and Safety

  • Health and Safety in the work place – keeping your colleagues and yourself safe.
  • Becoming conversant and skilled in the use of hand tools, pedestrian machines and appropriate powered hand tools which are used in the maintenance of horticultural features.
  • Undertaking routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment using appropriate equipment

The training you will be getting

• 15 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment
Delivery model:
• Work-based training with your employer
• Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year
• 14 days college attendance to complete Horticulture Principles and Practice course
• 1 day college attendance to complete Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid course
• 2 days college attendance to complete Level 2 PA1 Pesticides course (theory)
• 2 days college attendance to complete L2 PA6 Pesticides course (practical)
• Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
• Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work
Qualifications included:
• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths
• Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid
• Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides
• Level 2 Award In The Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment
• Level 2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship
End Point Assessment:
• Knowledge test
• Practical assessment
• Professional discussion
What next?
Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of
employment and further training opportunities.




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DBS check will be needed



Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early.


Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session:


Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session at Witney or Abingdon campus. 


This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to any apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for your questions. 


As a new Apprenticeship applicant you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session please call us on 01235 216216.    


Qualification checks:


By applying for this vacancy you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications. We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible.  


The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £6.40 per hour from April 2024. This applies to 16 - 18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over during the first year of their apprenticeship. After this, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Wage for apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.


What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full time positions available

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, Flexible working hours


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade A*- C / 9 - 4) Desired

About the employer

We are looking for creative individuals to join our well established and dynamic team, working under supervision and learning all aspects of landscaping. 4thD will create a suitable program for your needs (based on your current skills and experience) where you will receive on-the-job training, college training and off-site specific skill training as necessary. You must: • Be able to demonstrate a keen interest in landscaping and/or horticulture • be hard working, self-motivated, ambitious and willing to learn • enjoy manual work • be keen to work outdoors • have a creative mind and pay attention to detail • possess good organisational skills • be able to work individually and in a team • be flexible in working hours (longer days in summer/shorter in winter) • Driving licence would be advantageous








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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




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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