Horticulture Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard MCCORKELL'S GARDENS AND GROUNDS LTD

We are offering an opportunity to join our busy, friendly team as a Horticulture Level 2 Apprentice, based in the Manchester/Stockport area. We will support you in learning a range of skills such as weed management, hedge cutting and tree removal. Other duties include: grass cutting operations using both pedestrian and ride on mowing machines.

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Closing date: 25 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

    Monday - Friday, 37 flexible working hours in accordance with the needs of the service. Shift hours to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    2 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Practical internal / external works undertaken including but not limited to: -

  • Grass cutting operations using both pedestrian and ride on mowing machines
  • Hedge cutting and hedge maintenance
  • Maintenance of flower beds including planting and remove
  • Tree and shrub planting
  • Bowling green maintenance including end of season maintenance and mowing
  • Sports pitch maintenance
  • Shrub bed maintenance
  • Weed control including hand weeding and spraying using both CDA applicator and conventional spraying techniques.
  • Leaf collection
  • Clearance of overgrown plots
  • Minor tree works such as epicormics growth removal
  • Control of invasive weeds
  • Propagation cultivation of bedding plants
  • Minor landscape works
  • Maintenance of high profile civic sites throughout the borough
  • Ensuring work carried out is to the highest standards at all times.
  • Learning new skills and applying them to practical work.

The training you will be getting

Horticulture Level 2 Standard.
Emergency First Aid: Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work. Pesticides: Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The employer is looking to offer the apprentice a full time position on a successful completion of the apprenticeship with opportunities to continue developing their horticulture skills.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Self-motivated, Passionate


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

Things to consider

You must have a strong work ethic including pride in work, attention to detail, integrity and time management. Have a flexible positive attitude to work. A willingness to learn and contribute to their own continuing professional development. Having a safety mindset for self and colleagues. A clear and effective communicator who can use a variety of communication methods to give/receive information accurately and in a timely and positive manner.

About the employer

McCorkells Gardens and Grounds offers specialist ground maintenance services for commercial properties. We undertake services such as garden clearance, fencing, weed management, hedge cutting and tree removal. In addition to this, we can also help you re-develop small yards, gardens or a multi acres plot. You can also approach us if you need site clearance services for your property. We offer our award-winning ground maintenance services for schools, nurseries, hospitals, nursing and care homes, pubs, restaurants, apartment blocks, office buildings and factories.




Aston Avenue


M14 7HN

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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


Andrea Kearns


0161 785 4072

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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