Parks/horticultural apprenticeship with Stoke-on-Trent City Council: 4 vacancies Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Practically-minded and like working outdoors? Interested in horticulture? Stoke-on-Trent City Council is on the look-out for 4 apprentices to work and train in its heritage parks, gardens and other green spaces and start a career in horticulture or landscaping.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 27 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentices will be paid the national minimum apprentice wage relevant to their age.

    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

    The normal working arrangements will be based on a 37-hour week, working over five days between normal office hours. However, there may be flexibility in these arrangements.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    27 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

In an average day or week apprentices will be:

  • Carrying out general grounds maintenance work in parks and other green spaces such as mowing, hedge cutting and weeding, using a range of powered hand tools, plant and mowing machinery
  • Emptying bins, collecting litter and carrying out cleaning tasks to keep the park clean and tidy for the public
  • Giving advice and information to the general public about the parks and encourage visitors in its proper use
  • Assisting the Parks Team in supporting community events within the park

The training you will be getting

Apprentices will be working towards a Level 2 apprenticeship standard as a horticulture/landscaping construction operative with a local college/training provider. They will also gain specific awards in, for example, safe use of pesticides. Apprentices will also need to be working towards Level 2 in numeracy and literacy unless an exemption can be made. Transport will be available to attend training days with the college/training provider. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

This is fixed-term apprenticeship contract lasting up to 27 months. Atlhough there is no guarantee of a job on completion of the apprenticeship many apprentices do go on gain employment with the City Council and every effort would be made by apprentices' colleagues and managers to enable this to happen. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Physical fitness, Practically-minded, Enthusiastic and motivated, Willing to work outside


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade GCSE grade 2/3 or equiv.) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade GCSE grade 2/3 or equiv.) Essential

Things to consider

To find out more we are holding an Open Day at Hanley Park (Cleveland Road, Hanley) on Tuesday 9th July 10am to 2pm where you can meet Park staff and see where you would be doing much of your training. Come and see us - we will be in the Boathouse.

About the employer

The 4 apprentices will be a part of the Parks team. Stoke-on-Trent City Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this – we therefore encourage applications from all sections of our community. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed together.


Stoke-on-Trent City Council


Hanley Park, Cleveland Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent



David O'Connell


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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

Employer's Application Instructions

Please create / log into your account on the City Council's website and then click 'apply'. If you have any queries or would like an application form in another format, please email or call us on 01782 238189.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 27 Jul 2024